Respiratory therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Respiratory therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
California $95,540
Alaska $78,760
New York $78,610
District of Columbia $77,810
Washington $77,730
Hawaii $77,600
Massachusetts $77,600
New Jersey $77,600
Oregon $76,920
Nevada $76,600
Maryland $75,000
Minnesota $75,000
Connecticut $74,980
Delaware $74,970
New Hampshire $74,660
Wisconsin $63,110
Colorado $62,220
Rhode Island $62,220
Texas $61,940
Virginia $61,940
Utah $61,650
Pennsylvania $61,620
New Mexico $61,530
Wyoming $61,370
Montana $61,280
Ohio $61,170
Illinois $61,160
Michigan $61,100
Vermont $60,950
Arizona $60,850
Nebraska $60,850
Maine $60,580
North Dakota $60,580
Idaho $60,570
Florida $60,530
Indiana $60,450
South Carolina $60,450
North Carolina $60,360
Oklahoma $60,120
Georgia $60,110
Missouri $60,040
Kansas $60,020
Louisiana $59,930
Iowa $59,640
West Virginia $59,110
Arkansas $58,980
Tennessee $58,760
South Dakota $56,960
Kentucky $52,800
Alabama $48,450
Mississippi $48,000
Puerto Rico $22,870

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 6% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than clinical nurse specialists but more than healthcare social workers.

Career Median Salary
Clinical nurse specialist salary $78K
Nurse educator salary $77K
Diagnostic medical sonographer salary $78K
Orthotist and prosthetist salary $75K
MRI technologist salary $77K
Respiratory therapist salary $62K
Radiologic technologist salary $61K
Health educator salary $61K
Occupational therapist assistant salary $62K
Healthcare social worker salary $61K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)