Average Experienced Respiratory Therapist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Experienced Respiratory Therapist is $27.78.
MEDIAN $27.78
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Hourly Rate
$22 - $36
$200 - $9,826
$0 - $7,900
Total Pay
$45,975 - $78,344

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Job Description for Respiratory Therapist

The top respondents for the job title Respiratory Therapist are from the companies Lincare Inc., Kindred Hospital and Banner Health. Reported salaries are highest at Kindred Hospital where the average pay is $30.49. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Banner Health, earning around $29.94 and $28.69, respectively. Baptist Health pays the lowest at around $23.50. Lincare Inc. and Memorial Hermann Hospital also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $24.10 and $28.00, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapist

Skills in Critical Care, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Acute Care and Emergency Room (ER).

Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist

An entry-level Respiratory Therapist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $21.95 based on 1,137 salaries. An early career Respiratory Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.59 based on 2,225 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.51 based on 1,496 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $30.
Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 22.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (7.9% more) and Phoenix, Arizona (3.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (10.6% less).

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