Updated August 18, 2021
Average Respiratory Therapist Salary
$54,000 yearly
$25.99 hourly

Entry level Salary
$40,000 yearly
$40,000
10 %
$54,000
Median
$72,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$72,000
$6,000
$35
75th Percentile
$63,000
$5,250
$30
Average
$54,067
$4,506
$26
25th Percentile
$46,000
$3,833
$22
10th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19

Average Respiratory Therapist Salary By State

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Respiratory Therapist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$50,532
$24.29
Alaska
$61,146
$29.40
Arizona
$50,428
$24.24
Arkansas
$51,760
$24.88
California
$69,676
$33.50
Colorado
$51,252
$24.64
Connecticut
$58,676
$28.21
Delaware
$54,600
$26.25
District of Columbia
$64,104
$30.82
Florida
$53,948
$25.94
Georgia
$52,958
$25.46
Hawaii
$71,185
$34.22
Idaho
$56,700
$27.26
Illinois
$54,857
$26.37
Indiana
$54,312
$26.11
Iowa
$43,326
$20.83
Kansas
$55,773
$26.81
Kentucky
$50,705
$24.38
Louisiana
$50,961
$24.50
Maine
$61,621
$29.63
Maryland
$60,719
$29.19
Massachusetts
$64,065
$30.80
Michigan
$48,660
$23.39
Minnesota
$56,086
$26.96
Mississippi
$49,911
$24.00
Missouri
$49,774
$23.93
Montana
$47,323
$22.75
Nebraska
$44,781
$21.53
Nevada
$58,959
$28.35
New Hampshire
$50,470
$24.26
New Jersey
$62,106
$29.86
New Mexico
$46,017
$22.12
New York
$63,960
$30.75
North Carolina
$52,324
$25.16
North Dakota
$52,027
$25.01
Ohio
$48,982
$23.55
Oklahoma
$51,976
$24.99
Oregon
$61,203
$29.42
Pennsylvania
$50,457
$24.26
Rhode Island
$56,770
$27.29
South Carolina
$55,805
$26.83
South Dakota
$50,093
$24.08
Tennessee
$52,240
$25.12
Texas
$53,178
$25.57
Utah
$51,129
$24.58
Vermont
$59,877
$28.79
Virginia
$54,109
$26.01
Washington
$57,913
$27.84
West Virginia
$50,104
$24.09
Wisconsin
$50,794
$24.42
Wyoming
$46,032
$22.13

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Highest Paying Cities For Respiratory Therapist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Turlock, CA
$71,274
$34.27
Boston, MA
$64,161
$30.85
Washington, DC
$64,139
$30.84
New York, NY
$64,128
$30.83
Springfield, OR
$62,561
$30.08
Baltimore, MD
$60,921
$29.29

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How much does a Respiratory Therapist make?

The average respiratory therapist salary is $54,067 per year, or $25.99 per hour, in the United States. 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 $72,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey provide the highest respiratory therapist salaries.

Average Respiratory Therapist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $54,100
    $25.99
    +0.9%
    2020
    $53,600
    $25.75
    +1.7%
    2019
    $52,600
    $25.30
    +1.5%
    2018
    $51,800
    $24.92
    +1.8%
    2017
    $50,900
    $24.46
    +0.8%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Respiratory Care Practitioner

    Avg. salary: $50,682

    A Respiratory Care Practitioner assesses and treats patients with pulmonary diseases. They diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods.
    83,082 Respiratory Care Practitioner Jobs
    Staff Therapist

    Avg. salary: $50,602

    A staff therapist is someone who assists in the treatment of patients using electrical stimulation, exercise, and other means of electrotherapy to regain their bodily functions. The core skills that a staff therapist should possess to accomplish their responsibilities include a keen eye for details and excellent mathematical and problem-solving skills. The job's education requirements include completing a physical therapy program and possessing a bachelor's degree in medical technician, physical work, occupational therapy, or a related field.
    68,270 Staff Therapist Jobs
    Respiratory Supervisor

    Avg. salary: $92,354

    A respiratory supervisor is tasked with the job of administering life support and respiratory therapy to patients with abnormalities, deficiencies, and injuries of the cardiopulmonary system. They work under the supervision of the physician in charge. They monitor patients' conditions and report to the medical team or nurses. Their duties and responsibilities also include assigning, training, supervising, and counseling employees.
    18,260 Respiratory Supervisor Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Respiratory Care Practitioner
    $50,683
    $4,224
    $24.37
    83,082
    Staff Therapist
    $50,602
    $4,217
    $24.33
    68,270
    Respiratory Supervisor
    $92,355
    $7,696
    $44.40
    18,260
    Job Openings

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    Which Companies Pay Respiratory Therapists The Most?

    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 Quintiles Transnational and LifePoint Health as they offer the highest salaries for respiratory therapists.
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    Recently Added Respiratory Therapist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Rotech Healthcare
    Respiratory Therapist
    Respiratory Therapist
    Colorado Springs, CO
    08/31/2021
    $50,088
    08/31/2021
    Avamere Family of Companies
    Respiratory Therapist
    Respiratory Therapist
    Boone, CO
    08/31/2021
    $57,393
    08/31/2021
    Health Advocates Network, Inc.
    Registered Respiratory Therapist-Night Shift (26501)
    Registered Respiratory Therapist-Night Shift (26501)
    Cincinnati, OH
    08/30/2021
    $118,959
    08/30/2021
    Health Advocates Network, Inc.
    Registered Respiratory Therapist--Shift (9747)
    Registered Respiratory Therapist--Shift (9747)
    Walla Walla, WA
    08/30/2021
    $91,828
    08/30/2021
    Job Juncture
    Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
    Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
    Plano, TX
    08/30/2021
    $53,031
    08/30/2021
    Chi Health
    Respiratory Therapist Enterprise Traveler
    Respiratory Therapist Enterprise Traveler
    Omaha, NE
    08/30/2021
    $33,600
    08/30/2021
    Cornerstone Medical
    Respiratory Therapist/Technician
    Respiratory Therapist/Technician
    Houston, TX
    08/30/2021
    $37,566
    08/30/2021
    University of Kentucky
    Respiratory Therapist Senior/Ukhc
    Respiratory Therapist Senior/Ukhc
    Lexington, KY
    08/29/2021
    $52,175
    08/29/2021
    University of Iowa
    Clinical Staff Respiratory Therapist
    Clinical Staff Respiratory Therapist
    Iowa City, IA
    08/29/2021
    $44,484
    08/29/2021
    HCA
    Registered Respiratory Therapist Temp
    Registered Respiratory Therapist Temp
    New Orleans, LA
    08/29/2021
    $104,350
    08/29/2021

    Average Respiratory Therapist Salary by Demographic

    Respiratory Therapist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $59,947
    female-income
    Female Income
    $56,781
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$59,947
    Female$56,781
    Median Respiratory Therapist Income by Race
    Asian respiratory therapists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White respiratory therapists have the lowest average salary at $56,433.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$56,433
    Black or African American$58,635
    Asian$62,167
    Hispanic or Latino$57,354
    Average Respiratory Therapist Salary by Education Level
    Respiratory therapists with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $60,380 annually. With a Masters degree, respiratory therapists earn a median annual income of $59,958 compared to $56,781 for respiratory therapists with an Associate degree.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$59,958
    Bachelor's Degree$60,380
    Some College/ Associate Degree$56,781