The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Respiratory Therapist is $23.87.
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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 th…Read more
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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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.
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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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