Salary for Respiratory Therapists

Also known as:  Certified Respiratory Therapist, CRT, Inhalation Therapist, Oxygen Therapist, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, RRT

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Respiratory therapists work under the direction or supervision of a physician to deliver respiratory therapy to individuals with respiratory disorders or other causes of impaired breathing. They monitor blood gases, patient response to therapy, and vital signs, reporting any unusual or adverse reactions to the patient's physicians. All therapies conducted under their care are based on physician prescriptions. These individuals are also responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of equipment used in respiratory therapy, and must inspect, test and order repairs of this equipment as necessary. An Associate's degree is generally required in this profession.

A Respiratory Therapist can earn average salaries in a range of $45,940 - $89,170 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can get an average pay level of sixty-five thousand six hundred and fourty dollars per year.

obtain the highest pay in California, where they can get compensation, on average, of just about $87,190. People in this job function are compensated the highest in Educational Services, where they can get average job salaries of $70,560.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.71 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Respiratory Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$70,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,860
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$65,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,950
Wholesale Trade
$63,800
Retail Trade
$60,180

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$56,340
Retail Trade
$60,180
Wholesale Trade
$63,800
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$64,950
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$65,770
Health Care and Social Assistance
$65,860