$63,531
Avg. Salary
$30.19
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$819

Bonus

$1,718

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $30.19 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $63,531 per year.

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$24.10
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$0$86K
Salary $46,972 - $86,804
Bonus $101 - $7,213
Profit Sharing $1,718
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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$50,165 - $84,045
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 174
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $24.10 - $38.55
Overtime $32.90 - $57.38
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $101 - $7,213
Profit Sharing $1,718
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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$50,165 - $84,045
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 944

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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Respiratory Therapist Tasks
  • Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment
  • Determine requirements for treatment; type, method and duration of therapy based on physicians' orders
  • Set up and operate mechanical and therapeutic devices following specified parameters of treatment
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur
  • Maintain patient charts with therapy information

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,436

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Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
20 years or more
100%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲2%

Pediatrics
▲2%

Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
▲2%

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
▲2%

Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
▲2%


Acute Care
▼0%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼0%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼0%

Emergency/Trauma
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Patient Education
▼4%

Home Health/Home Care
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
36 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 16%