$40,500
Avg. Salary
$20.32
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $20.32 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $40,500 per year.

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MEDIAN $40,500
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Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $18.39 - $25.80
Overtime $33.50
Annual Data $0$54K
Total Pay (?
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$37,234 - $54,655
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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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Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
▲2%

Critical Care
▲1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▲1%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
no benefits
None: 6%