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The 10 States With The Highest Respiratory Therapist Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Delaware
  3. Minnesota
  4. Utah
  5. Washington
  6. Texas
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Michigan
  9. Illinois
  10. Wyoming

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 2018 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 $79640, so our index value would be:

$79,640 * (100 / 135.9) = $58,601

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 $71,181 $73,530 103.3
2 Delaware $67,011 $67,950 101.4
3 Minnesota $66,656 $67,190 100.8
4 Utah $66,107 $61,480 93.0
5 Washington $66,102 $69,540 105.2
6 Texas $66,074 $59,930 90.7
7 Wisconsin $64,204 $62,150 96.8
8 Michigan $64,089 $57,040 89.0
9 Illinois $63,953 $60,500 94.6
10 Wyoming $63,137 $57,960 91.8
11 Georgia $62,932 $57,520 91.4
12 Idaho $62,649 $57,700 92.1
13 Missouri $62,300 $56,320 90.4
14 Indiana $62,134 $55,610 89.5
15 Kansas $61,268 $55,080 89.9
16 Oklahoma $61,143 $54,540 89.2
17 Colorado $60,761 $63,070 103.8
18 Nebraska $60,655 $55,560 91.6
19 Ohio $60,586 $56,830 93.8
20 New Mexico $60,310 $58,200 96.5
21 North Carolina $60,298 $56,620 93.9
22 New Jersey $60,205 $73,390 121.9
23 Arkansas $59,758 $52,050 87.1
24 Virginia $59,722 $60,200 100.8
25 Oregon $59,688 $69,000 115.6
26 Arizona $59,612 $58,420 98.0
27 Iowa $59,197 $53,870 91.0
28 Florida $58,962 $57,960 98.3
29 California $58,601 $79,640 135.9
30 Alaska $58,436 $76,610 131.1
31 North Dakota $58,068 $57,720 99.4
32 Tennessee $57,494 $51,400 89.4
33 Mississippi $57,299 $49,220 85.9
34 New York $57,167 $74,890 131.0
35 New Hampshire $56,897 $66,570 117.0
36 Montana $56,855 $57,310 100.8
37 Louisiana $56,445 $53,510 94.8
38 South Carolina $56,441 $55,990 99.2
39 Pennsylvania $56,183 $56,970 101.4
40 Alabama $55,668 $50,770 91.2
41 Rhode Island $55,559 $67,060 120.7
42 Massachusetts $55,217 $73,660 133.4
43 Connecticut $55,137 $70,410 127.7
44 Kentucky $55,127 $49,890 90.5
45 Vermont $54,715 $66,260 121.1
46 West Virginia $53,982 $50,420 93.4
47 Maryland $53,912 $67,660 125.5
48 Maine $53,619 $59,410 110.8
49 South Dakota $49,672 $51,510 103.7
50 Hawaii $42,561 $71,460 167.9
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