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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,500
25th Percentile Wage
$66,170
50th Percentile Wage
$77,900
75th Percentile Wage
$93,600
90th Percentile Wage
$104,240

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 $104,240. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $77,900. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,500.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26.20
25th Percentile Wage
$31.81
50th Percentile Wage
$37.45
75th Percentile Wage
$45.00
90th Percentile Wage
$50.12

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for respiratory therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $50.12. The median hourly salary is $37.45. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26.20.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201677,900-2.03%7.09%
201579,4803.20%-
201476,9402.04%-
201375,3703.97%-
201272,380--

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 $66,000 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 $99,060). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $66,000.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$114,200
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$99,060
Vallejo-Fairfield
$95,510
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$92,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$91,780
Salinas
$88,660
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$87,680
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$86,810
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$86,130
Stockton
$85,770
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$84,900
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$81,760
Napa
$81,090
Modesto
$79,890
Fresno
$79,090
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$76,770
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$76,470
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$75,890
Redding
$75,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$74,630
Bakersfield-Delano
$74,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$73,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$73,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$72,160
Chico
$71,040
Visalia-Porterville
$66,000


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