Respiratory Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee Salary

A Respiratory Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee earns an average wage of $20.48 per hour.

$30,968 - $56,500
$45K
MEDIAN: $45,000
50%

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$18.77 - $26.25
$19
$21
$26
MEDIAN: $20.57
10%
50%
90%

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$0$56K
Salary $45,000
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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$32,000 - $55,779
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5
Hourly Data $0$26
Hourly Rate $18.77 - $26.25
Annual Data $0$55K
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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$32,000 - $55,779
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

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

About Memphis, Tennessee

Shelby County, Tennessee
655,760
Male:
312,237 (47.6%)
Female:
343,523 (52.4%)
Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. Memphis had a population of 653,450 in 2013, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee. It is the largest city on the Mississippi River, the third largest in the greater Southeastern United States, and the 23rd largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area, including adjacent counties in Mississippi and Arkansas, had a 2014 population of 1,317,314. This makes Memphis the second-largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, surpassed by metropolitan Nashville. Memphis is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson. A resident of Memphis is referred to...
Memphis:
$36,908
Tennessee:
$47,275
$826
Memphis:
$94,400
Tennessee:
$150,600
6.5%

Respiratory Therapist Job Listings

Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
16%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Critical Care
▼1%

Emergency Room (ER)
▼1%

Years of Experience

1-4 years
74%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 13%