$56,459
Avg. Salary
$25.96
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$980

Bonus

$2,457

Profit Sharing

$6,250

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist with Critical Care skills is $25.96 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist with Critical Care skills is $56,459 per year.

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$20.20
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$25.96
50%
$34.55
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MEDIAN $25.96
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$40k
10%
$56k
50%
$81k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $56,459
$40,113 - $80,619
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MEDIAN: $56,459
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$0$80K
Salary $40,113 - $80,619
Bonus $201 - $8,015
Profit Sharing $2,457
Commission $6,250
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,238 - $74,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 243
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $20.20 - $34.55
Hourly Tips $1.26
Overtime $15.41 - $51.96
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $201 - $8,015
Commission $6,250
Profit Sharing $2,457
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,238 - $74,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,201

Job Description for Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists, or RTs, work with people who are experiencing issues with breathing and, often, cardiopulmonary issues. In many cases, their patients include premature infants born without fully developed lungs, as well as children and adults who suffer from problems such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Generally, a respiratory therapist meets with a patient and examines them; after discussing the results of the exam with a physician, they then put together a plan of treatment for the patient. Often, the plan involves removing mucous from a patient’s lungs, as well as inserting a ventilation tube down the patient’s throat in order to connect it to an oxygen-delivering machine. Respiratory therapists working in emergency rooms also often provide care to heart attack, drowning, and shock victims. Respiratory therapists working in home health care often set up ventilators and other life-supporting equipment, as well as providing care takers with direction on the equipment’s use.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Respiratory Therapist


HCA, Inc., Select Specialty Hospitals, Kindred Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and WellStar Health System are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills. Banner Health offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $56K. Soaring salaries can also be found at HCA, Inc., University of Michigan (U-M), and Kindred Hospital, where earnings of $56K, $54K, or $52K are standard for Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Select Specialty Hospitals ($50K), WellStar Health System ($51K), and Kindred Hospital ($52K).

Respiratory Therapist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Respiratory Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Respiratory Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 594 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Respiratory Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 411 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 340 salaries. A Respiratory Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 251 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

9%

2%

1%

National Average: $54,904

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Respiratory Therapists with Critical Care skills will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+16 percent), Baltimore (+14 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Richmond (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Tampa (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 395 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$55,000

▼6%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 395 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 17%