The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist in St. Louis, Missouri is $22.93.
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$39,632 - $61,944
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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
Respiratory Therapist Tasks
- Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment
- Determine requirements for treatment; type, method and duration of therapy based on physicians' orders
- Set up and operate mechanical and therapeutic devices following specified parameters of treatment
- Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur
- Maintain patient charts with therapy information
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Popular Skills for Respiratory Therapist
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Skills that pay less than market rate include Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Emergency/Trauma, Emergency Room (ER), Critical Care and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Pay by Experience Level for Respiratory Therapist
An early career Respiratory Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $20.49 based on 14 salaries. A mid-career Respiratory Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $24.18 based on 16 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $28.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 37.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (33.1% more) and Chicago, Illinois (16.0% more).
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