$48,958
Avg. Salary
$23.30
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$980

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

$1,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $23.30 per hour.

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $48,958 per year.

10%
$18.57
10%
$23.30
50%
$30.57
90%
90%
MEDIAN $23.30
10%
$34k
10%
$49k
50%
$65k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $48,958
$34,320 - $64,689
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MEDIAN: $48,958
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$0$64K
Salary $34,320 - $64,689
Bonus $102 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $1,000
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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$38,373 - $64,955
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 435
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $18.57 - $30.57
Overtime $15.21 - $45.90
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $102 - $5,034
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$38,373 - $64,955
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,296

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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Popular Employer Salaries for Respiratory Therapist


Kindred Hospital offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $49K.

Respiratory Therapist Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

37%

3%

2%

2%

-1%

-4%

-8%

-16%

National Average: $49,177

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Respiratory Therapists, New York provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Respiratory Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Denver (+6 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in St. Louis and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Key Stats for Respiratory Therapist

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
16%

Skills That Affect Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲1%

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
▲1%

Respiratory therapist
▲1%

Pediatrics
▼0%

Trauma Intensive Care Unit (TICU)
▼0%

National Average
$49,000




Surgery Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
▼1%

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
▼2%

Acute Care
▼2%

Patient Education
▼2%

Emergency/Trauma
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 22%