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These Are The 10 States With The Highest Respiratory Therapist Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do respiratory therapists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for respiratory therapists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for respiratory therapists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for respiratory therapists after this adjustment? That would be Respiratory Therapists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Nevada
  2. Minnesota
  3. Washington
  4. Texas
  5. Utah
  6. Michigan
  7. Wyoming
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Delaware
  10. Indiana

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for respiratory therapists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $78820, so our index value would be:

$78,820 * (100 / 135.9) = $57,998

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for respiratory therapists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Respiratory Therapist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $70,309 $72,630 103.3
2 Minnesota $65,992 $66,520 100.8
3 Washington $65,323 $68,720 105.2
4 Texas $64,024 $58,070 90.7
5 Utah $63,408 $58,970 93.0
6 Michigan $62,157 $55,320 89.0
7 Wyoming $62,156 $57,060 91.8
8 Wisconsin $61,962 $59,980 96.8
9 Delaware $60,739 $61,590 101.4
10 Indiana $60,636 $54,270 89.5
11 Idaho $59,826 $55,100 92.1
12 Georgia $59,606 $54,480 91.4
13 Oklahoma $59,226 $52,830 89.2
14 New Jersey $59,015 $71,940 121.9
15 Virginia $58,908 $59,380 100.8
16 Missouri $58,849 $53,200 90.4
17 Kansas $58,798 $52,860 89.9
18 Illinois $58,213 $55,070 94.6
19 California $57,998 $78,820 135.9
20 North Carolina $57,838 $54,310 93.9
21 Colorado $57,745 $59,940 103.8
22 Ohio $57,729 $54,150 93.8
23 Oregon $57,551 $66,530 115.6
24 Pennsylvania $57,495 $58,300 101.4
25 Nebraska $57,347 $52,530 91.6
26 Florida $57,171 $56,200 98.3
27 Iowa $56,692 $51,590 91.0
28 Arizona $56,591 $55,460 98.0
29 Arkansas $56,578 $49,280 87.1
30 Mississippi $56,332 $48,390 85.9
31 New Mexico $56,207 $54,240 96.5
32 South Carolina $56,008 $55,560 99.2
33 Louisiana $55,970 $53,060 94.8
34 Tennessee $55,413 $49,540 89.4
35 Alaska $54,782 $71,820 131.1
36 New Hampshire $54,410 $63,660 117.0
37 New York $54,274 $71,100 131.0
38 Connecticut $54,197 $69,210 127.7
39 Maryland $53,936 $67,690 125.5
40 Kentucky $53,624 $48,530 90.5
41 Montana $53,382 $53,810 100.8
42 Massachusetts $53,290 $71,090 133.4
43 North Dakota $53,219 $52,900 99.4
44 West Virginia $53,029 $49,530 93.4
45 Rhode Island $52,170 $62,970 120.7
46 Maine $51,967 $57,580 110.8
47 Vermont $51,857 $62,800 121.1
48 Alabama $51,633 $47,090 91.2
49 South Dakota $49,566 $51,400 103.7
50 Hawaii $38,862 $65,250 167.9