Respiratory Therapist Salary

respiratory-therapist-salary-chart.jpgRespiratory therapists care, treat, and assess patients who have respiratory disorders. They conduct therapy, maintain records, and check, assemble, and operate equipment.

Salary

The average salary of respiratory therapists is $57,880. The bottom 10% earns at most $41,110 a year while the top 10% earns at least $76,750 a year. The median salary is $56,290 annually.

The best industries for employment are general medical and surgical hospitals (89,460 employed, $57,580 average); specialty hospitals (6,270 employed, $59,140 average); and nursing care facilities (3,860 employed; $59,580 a year). The top paying industry is outpatient care centers, paying $69,860 on average.

The top three paying states are California ($75,870), New Jersey ($69,580), and Nevada ($69,340).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of respiratory therapists is expected to increase by 19% between 2012 and 2022, which is faster than average.

Respiratory Therapist Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $34,790 $45,440 $59,150 $46,200
Alaska $55,020 $68,820 $86,480 $68,790
Arizona $40,900 $51,980 $66,480 $52,350
Arkansas $33,310 $45,650 $59,980 $47,270
California $53,910 $75,370 $100,780 $75,870
Colorado $43,790 $57,110 $72,890 $57,410
Connecticut $50,330 $66,460 $88,260 $66,680
Delaware $48,340 $62,880 $77,120 $65,530
Florida $40,460 $52,910 $68,690 $53,380
Georgia $40,020 $52,030 $67,060 $51,970
Hawaii $53,730 $67,520 $75,970 $66,110
Idaho $41,930 $54,230 $70,800 $54,700
Illinois $40,970 $55,200 $71,670 $55,250
Indiana $40,360 $51,780 $67,190 $51,890
Iowa $39,480 $47,530 $60,710 $51,110
Kansas $36,460 $48,670 $61,600 $48,850
Kentucky $34,620 $45,470 $58,800 $46,140
Louisiana $39,410 $51,470 $66,940 $51,960
Maine $42,600 $54,840 $70,750 $55,180
Maryland $48,500 $64,970 $76,090 $63,460
Massachusetts $50,790 $66,940 $88,850 $67,620
Michigan $41,060 $53,440 $66,710 $52,960
Minnesota $48,540 $63,460 $75,180 $61,960
Mississippi $37,020 $48,300 $60,770 $48,920
Missouri $38,610 $50,000 $64,190 $50,290
Montana $40,530 $52,180 $61,740 $51,800
Nebraska $40,700 $50,840 $66,370 $51,790
Nevada $51,290 $68,820 $91,280 $69,340
New Hampshire $48,920 $62,110 $75,890 $61,920
New Jersey $56,800 $69,560 $86,710 $69,580
New Mexico $40,640 $53,860 $67,950 $53,360
New York $47,920 $67,200 $84,300 $65,520
North Carolina $41,110 $52,580 $67,690 $52,720
North Dakota $40,190 $48,390 $61,290 $49,830
Ohio $41,230 $52,870 $65,620 $52,700
Oklahoma $37,910 $49,190 $69,160 $51,060
Oregon $48,780 $61,850 $74,470 $61,070
Pennsylvania $41,430 $56,060 $73,190 $56,190
Rhode Island $44,570 $62,710 $73,780 $60,160
South Carolina $38,660 $51,860 $69,140 $51,520
South Dakota $35,650 $46,990 $64,130 $48,850
Tennessee $36,190 $47,580 $61,570 $48,510
Texas $42,020 $54,800 $70,990 $55,130
Utah $41,740 $55,790 $73,260 $56,140
Vermont $43,160 $56,900 $74,330 $58,130
Virginia $40,790 $56,590 $73,910 $56,550
Washington $50,810 $65,060 $83,380 $65,040
West Virginia $35,240 $46,070 $59,660 $46,930
Wisconsin $43,190 $56,220 $72,110 $56,600
Wyoming $42,000 $54,750 $70,040 $54,710