Salary Information


Salary of a Respiratory Therapist


Basic Salary Information:

The job of a Respiratory Therapists is to treat people with breathing problems. They usually have patients who are infants or premature babies with underdeveloped lungs. After examining he or she will be doing the necessary treatment. Respiratory therapists held about 120,700 jobs in 2014. You have a lot of fields to work in like respiratory care, anesthesiology and pulmonary medicine departments of a hospital. The average pay of a Respiratory Therapists is at around $58,670 per year with a pay of $28.21 per hour in 2016. This is a quite a good salary of a Respiratory Therapists and it also has a lot of demand in the market because the survey shows that the job growth percentage is at about 12 which is higher than the average.


Range of Average Salary


$38,000 – $86,656

New York

$29,900 – $60,967


$33,935 – $63,886


$25,760 – $67,871


$35,479 – $73,974


$20,134 – $70,469


$39,903 – $56,993

The table above shows the difference in salaries in according to states and mentioned about highest paying states for the profession of Respiratory Therapists. As you can see the Salary is given in a range, from the lowest to the highest.


Range of Average Salary

Less than 1 year

$31,094 – $60,200

1 to 4 years

$25,253 – $60,204

5 to 9 years

$38,488 – $66,594

10 to 19 years

$31,562 – $77,312

More than 20 years

$44,369 – $76,646

The table above shows the increase in salaries with experience. The salary increases as you have more experience.

Other Factors and Influences that determine salary:

The average salary of Respiratory Therapist is often compared to the salary of a Medical Assistant. One of the major factors of the salary of this profession is Education. You can earn a lot more depending on your degree. The table below illustrates How much does a Respiratory Therapist make with different certificates.

Certification Average Salary

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

$35,078 – $72,282

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

$34,767 – $81,703

Basic Life Support (BLS)

$35,233 – $71,494

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

$34,792 – $73,752

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

$36,260 – $72,773

Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)

$35,487 – $71,244

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

$35,794 – $76,715

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

$36,408 – $97,749

Asthma Educator Certificate (AE-C)

$41,712 – $73,698

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider

$37,671 – $56,993

Salary also differs depending on the type of hospital setting you are in. For example, Military pays a lot more than General hospitals. Then there are skills and experience, buts that’s been mentioned earlier.

Respiratory Therapists is a really good job, with a more pretty salary. You get to work in clean environments and save lives of babies and adults alike. This is a very good job to consider.

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