Respiratory therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Respiratory therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $75,910
Alabama $46,191
Arkansas $47,754
Arizona $48,087
California $78,560
Colorado $62,200
Connecticut $69,120
District of Columbia $75,870
Delaware $66,710
Florida $57,660
Georgia $57,140
Hawaii $71,460
Iowa $50,008
Idaho $57,550
Illinois $51,602
Indiana $54,530
Kansas $53,082
Kentucky $49,890
Louisiana $53,830
Massachusetts $72,740
Maryland $68,700
Maine $58,630
Michigan $57,060
Minnesota $68,240
Missouri $53,980
Mississippi $48,860
Montana $56,730
North Carolina $56,410
North Dakota $57,120
Nebraska $55,080
New Hampshire $66,430
New Jersey $73,080
New Mexico $57,850
Nevada $73,050
New York $75,030
Ohio $56,430
Oklahoma $54,580
Oregon $69,700
Pennsylvania $54,676
Puerto Rico $21,720
Rhode Island $69,480
South Carolina $55,190
South Dakota $49,490
Tennessee $51,040
Texas $58,930
Utah $60,790
Virginia $59,160
Vermont $64,270
Washington $68,480
Wisconsin $61,160
West Virginia $49,150
Wyoming $57,920

How much does a Respiratory Therapist earn?

Respiratory therapy is part of the booming healthcare industry, which, as of 2012, was responsible for 18 percent of the total U.S. gross national product, according to a Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce report. What’s more, the Center estimates that because of the increasing demand for healthcare services, the demand for healthcare workers is expected to grow twice as fast as for other industries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, an average yearly salary for a respiratory therapist is as follows: Less than one year of work experience earns from $29,087 – $55,652 per year; one to four years receives from $24,850 – $59,507 per year; five to nine years receives from $35,802 – $70,472 per year; 10 to 19 years earns from $30,161 – $71,247 per year; 20+ years of experience receives from $44,557 – $71,011 per year. The highest paid in the respiratory therapist profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, California, and Sacramento, California. The Vallejo, California area also pays well, as does the city of San Jose, California. Other well paying areas are Hawaii $66,890; Connecticut $73,670; Nevada $67,270; New Jersey $71,610; and New York, $69,730.

According to the BLS, an average hourly wage and yearly salary earned by the lowest 10th percentile of respiratory therapists is around $19.55 per hour, or $40,660 per year, whereas those in the 90th percentile received $35.77 per hour or $74,400 per year. Respiratory therapists’ employed in colleges, universities, and professional schools earned a higher annual salary ($67,060) when compared to those employed in rental consumer goods ($40,660).

How do respiratory therapist salaries compare to similar careers?

Respiratory therapists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than cardiovascular technologists and technicians but more than surgical technologists.

Career Median Salary
Cardiovascular technologist and technician salary $58K
Physical therapist assistant salary $53K
Health educator salary $53K
Radiologic technologist salary $54K
Hearing aid specialist salary $53K
Respiratory therapist salary $53K
Occupational therapist assistant salary $51K
Exercise physiologist salary $49K
Licensed practical nurse salary $45K
Surgical technologist salary $42K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)