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Respiratory Therapists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for respiratory therapists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of respiratory therapists amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Respiratory Therapists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,170
25th Percentile Wage
$67,220
50th Percentile Wage
$78,680
75th Percentile Wage
$94,380
90th Percentile Wage
$105,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $105,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $78,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,170.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$78,680
0.99% 8.01%
2016
$77,900
-2.03% -
2015
$79,480
3.20% -
2014
$76,940
2.04% -
2013
$75,370
3.97% -
2012
$72,380
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Respiratory Therapists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in state of California ranges from $64,900 to $114,200. The highest paying area for respiratory therapists in California is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $114,200. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $99,750). The lowest paying area is Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $64,900.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$114,200
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$99,750
Salinas
$95,760
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$93,190
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$91,850
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$90,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$89,600
Stockton
$87,720
Vallejo-Fairfield
$87,690
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$85,390
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$85,040
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$84,520
Redding
$82,330
Fresno
$82,170
Modesto
$81,120
Napa
$81,090
Bakersfield-Delano
$79,280
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$79,220
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$78,250
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$77,780
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$76,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$75,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$74,630
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$73,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$72,150
Chico
$71,040
El Centro
$70,710
Visalia-Porterville
$67,060
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$64,900




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