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How much does a Respiratory Therapist make in the United States?

Average Respiratory Therapist Hourly Wage in the United States

Respiratory Therapists earn a median hourly wage of $27.78. Hourly wages typically start from $20.18 and go up to $38.67.

Average Respiratory Therapist Yearly Salary in the United States

Respiratory Therapists earn a median salary of $57,790 per year. Salaries typically start from $41,970 and go up to $80,440.

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Respiratory therapy is part of the booming healthcare industry, which, as of 2012, was responsible for 18 percent of the total U.S. gross national product, according to a Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce report. What’s more, the Center estimates that because of the increasing demand for healthcare services, the demand for healthcare workers is expected to grow twice as fast as for other industries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, an average yearly salary for a respiratory therapist is as follows: Less than one year of work experience earns from $29,087 – $55,652 per year; one to four years receives from $24,850 – $59,507 per year; five to nine years receives from $35,802 – $70,472 per year; 10 to 19 years earns from $30,161 – $71,247 per year; 20+ years of experience receives from $44,557 – $71,011 per year. The highest paid in the respiratory therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, California, and Sacramento, California. The Vallejo, California area also pays well, as does the city of San Jose, California. Other well paying areas are Hawaii $66,890; Connecticut $73,670; Nevada $67,270; New Jersey $71,610; and New York, $69,730.

According to the BLS, an average hourly wage and yearly salary earned by the lowest 10th percentile of respiratory therapists is around $19.55 per hour, or $40,660 per year, whereas those in the 90th percentile received $35.77 per hour or $74,400 per year. Respiratory therapists’ employed in colleges, universities, and professional schools earned a higher annual salary ($67,060) when compared to those employed in rental consumer goods ($40,660).

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Respiratory Therapist Earnings by Seniority

Top End Respiratory Therapist Earnings

The highest earning Respiratory Therapists in the United States earn:

$38.67
an hour
$80,440
per year
Senior Respiratory Therapist Earnings

Senior Respiratory Therapists in the United States earn:

$33.40
an hour
$69,470
per year
Experienced Respiratory Therapist Earnings

Experienced Respiratory Therapists in the United States earn:

$27.78
an hour
$57,790
per year
Junior Respiratory Therapist Earnings

Junior Respiratory Therapists in the United States earn:

$23.44
an hour
$48,750
per year
Starting Respiratory Therapist Earnings

Starting Respiratory Therapists in the United States earn:

$20.18
an hour
$41,970
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Respiratory Therapist salary comparison

Respiratory Therapists earn more than 53% percent of Health careers. Respiratory Therapist salaries are in the top 63% of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Respiratory Therapists in the United States

Respiratory Therapist salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Respiratory Therapist Salary in California $38.21 $79,480 # 1
Respiratory Therapist Salary in New Jersey $34.32 $71,390 # 2
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Alaska $34.24 $71,220 # 3
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Nevada $33.60 $69,880 # 4
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Massachusetts $33.32 $69,310 # 5
Respiratory Therapist Salary in New York $33.95 $70,610 # 6
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Washington $32.44 $67,470 # 7
Respiratory Therapist Salary in District of Columbia $32.35 $67,280 # 8
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Hawaii $33.34 $69,340 # 9
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Maryland $31.37 $65,250 # 10
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Connecticut $31.09 $64,670 # 11
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Minnesota $31.57 $65,660 # 12
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Oregon $31.62 $65,780 # 13
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Rhode Island $30.95 $64,380 # 14
Respiratory Therapist Salary in New Hampshire $30.01 $62,410 # 15
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Delaware $29.02 $60,370 # 16
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Vermont $28.33 $58,920 # 17
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Virginia $28.13 $58,520 # 18
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Wisconsin $28.21 $58,670 # 19
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Colorado $27.98 $58,200 # 20
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Utah $27.77 $57,770 # 21
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Pennsylvania $27.59 $57,390 # 22
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Maine $27.04 $56,250 # 23
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Texas $27.05 $56,260 # 24
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Wyoming $27.03 $56,220 # 25
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Arizona $26.56 $55,240 # 26
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Florida $26.32 $54,750 # 27
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Idaho $26.19 $54,470 # 28
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Illinois $26.06 $54,200 # 29
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Indiana $25.96 $54,000 # 30
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Ohio $25.91 $53,900 # 31
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Michigan $26.15 $54,390 # 32
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Georgia $25.75 $53,550 # 33
Respiratory Therapist Salary in North Carolina $25.67 $53,390 # 34
Respiratory Therapist Salary in New Mexico $25.83 $53,730 # 35
Respiratory Therapist Salary in South Carolina $25.52 $53,080 # 36
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Montana $25.29 $52,600 # 37
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Oklahoma $24.65 $51,270 # 38
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Louisiana $24.98 $51,950 # 39
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Nebraska $24.25 $50,440 # 40
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Missouri $23.93 $49,770 # 41
Respiratory Therapist Salary in North Dakota $23.87 $49,660 # 42
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Kansas $24.09 $50,110 # 43
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Iowa $23.73 $49,370 # 44
Respiratory Therapist Salary in South Dakota $23.53 $48,940 # 45
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Arkansas $22.81 $47,440 # 46
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Tennessee $23.31 $48,490 # 47
Respiratory Therapist Salary in West Virginia $22.94 $47,720 # 48
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Mississippi $22.88 $47,590 # 49
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Kentucky $22.73 $47,270 # 50
Respiratory Therapist Salary in Alabama $22.25 $46,280 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Respiratory Therapist

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