Respiratory therapists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, respiratory therapists rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 26% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy respiratory therapists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$53k
Medical appliance technician
2.9
$41k
Occupational therapist
2.9
$84k
Radiologic technologist
2.9
$54k
Respiratory therapist
2.9
$53k
Ophthalmic medical technician
2.9
$35k
Audiologist
2.9
$78k
Optician
2.9
$34k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are respiratory therapists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do respiratory therapists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as respiratory therapists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are respiratory therapist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are respiratory therapists making the best use of their abilities?

Are respiratory therapists happy with their salary?