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Respiratory Therapist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$49,000
$40,000
$49,000
$59,000
Respiratory therapists in the United States make an average salary of $49,065 per year or $23.59 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $59,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Alabama provide the highest respiratory therapist salaries.
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Map of Respiratory Therapist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Respiratory Therapists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Respiratory Therapist Salary By Location

While a respiratory therapist can average a salary of $49,065 per year, or $23.59 per hour, there are many opportunities for respiratory therapists to make more. For example, in Philadelphia, PA you might make $62,781 per year. Other high-paying locations include New York, NY, Richmond, VA and Springfield, OR. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Philadelphia, PA where the average starting salary is $41,000. The highest paying states for respiratory therapists include New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Michigan, Colorado, and Nebraska offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA
$62,781
$63k
New York, NY
New York, NY
$62,511
$63k
Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA
$60,807
$61k
Springfield, OR
Springfield, OR
$59,102
$59k
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
$58,773
$59k
Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
$55,238
$55k
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
$54,817
$55k
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, KS
$54,188
$54k
Reno, NV
Reno, NV
$51,035
$51k
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
$50,988
$51k

High Paying Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Average Respiratory Therapist Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Health First and Lincare Holdings as they offer the highest salaries for respiratory therapists.

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Respiratory Therapist Salary History

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    Respiratory Therapist Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a respiratory therapist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Respiratory Therapist Salaries

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    Careerstaff Unlimited
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    New Orleans, LA
    New Orleans, LA
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    $106,437
    $106,437
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    Careerstaff Unlimited
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    Respiratory Therapist-RT-Long Term Acute Care
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    Omaha, NE
    Omaha, NE
    10/31/2020
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    $37,566
    $37,566
    10/31/2020
    Peace Health
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    Springfield, OR
    Springfield, OR
    10/30/2020
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    $60,481
    $60,481
    10/30/2020
    Respiratory Therapist
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    Crownpoint, NM
    Crownpoint, NM
    10/30/2020
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    $42,053
    $42,053
    10/30/2020
    Respiratory Therapist
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    Oelwein, IA
    Oelwein, IA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $62,610
    $62,610
    10/29/2020
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    Respiratory Therapist
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    Respiratory Therapist
    San Bernardino, CA
    San Bernardino, CA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $93,915
    $93,915
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    Baton Rouge, LA
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    10/29/2020
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    $87,654
    $87,654
    10/29/2020
    Respiratory Therapist-Registered
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    Charlottesville, VA
    Charlottesville, VA
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $46,728
    $46,728
    10/29/2020
    ESR Healthcare
    ESR Healthcare
    Respiratory Therapist North Platte, NE REC
    Respiratory Therapist North Platte, NE REC
    Respiratory Therapist North Platte, NE REC
    North Platte, NE
    North Platte, NE
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $40,822
    $40,822
    10/28/2020
    Peace Health
    Peace Health
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    Respiratory Therapist
    Respiratory Therapist
    Vancouver, WA
    Vancouver, WA
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $61,546
    $61,546
    10/28/2020