$55,460
Avg. Salary
$25.47
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist with Acute Care skills is $25.47 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist with Acute Care skills is $55,460 per year.

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$19.84
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$34.23
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MEDIAN $55,460
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$0$76K
Salary $40,140 - $76,285
Bonus $97.87 - $8,987
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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$41,454 - $73,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 154
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $19.84 - $34.23
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $12.54 - $50.49
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $97.87 - $8,987
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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$41,454 - $73,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,604

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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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 $48,000 based on 490 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 316 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 252 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 $63,000 based on 191 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $53,643

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Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 272 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$54,000

▼3%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 272 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 19%