Average Early-Career Respiratory Therapist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Respiratory Therapist is $23.87.
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Hourly Rate
$19 - $31
$102 - $4,848
Profit Sharing
$0 - $750
Total Pay
$39,472 - $66,993

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Job Description for Respiratory Therapist

Popular Employer Salaries for Respiratory Therapist

The top respondents for the job title Respiratory Therapist are from the companies Kindred Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Mercy Hospital. Reported salaries are highest at Mayo Clinic where the average pay is $26.61. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Kindred Hospital, earning around $24.98. Mercy Hospital pays the lowest at around $20.00. Kindred Healthcare also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $20.70.

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Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapist

Skills in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency/Trauma, 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 $22.32 based on 365 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $25.89 based on 1,254 salaries. An experienced Respiratory Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $27.96 based on 1,141 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 New York, New York earn an average of 49.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (27.9% more) and San Diego, California (16.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (0.2% less).

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