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 gets a pay level ranging from 40000 to 60000 based on experience and talent. Respiratory Therapists can earn an average wage of Fifty Five Thousand Five Hundred dollars per year.

Respiratory Therapists have the highest salaries in California, where they receive job pay of close to $65580. People in this category of job can receive the best pay in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, which has average job salaries of $66380.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 25.58 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Respiratory Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $66,380
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $61,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises $57,460
Health Care and Social Assistance $55,180
Public Administration $52,500
Retail Trade $52,460
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $50,780
Wholesale Trade $51,190
Retail Trade $52,460
Public Administration $52,500
Health Care and Social Assistance $55,180
Management of Companies and Enterprises $57,460
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