Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for respiratory therapy technicians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of respiratory therapy technicians amongst California metropolitan 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 Therapy Technicians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,820
25th Percentile Wage
$33,350
50th Percentile Wage
$57,570
75th Percentile Wage
$76,180
90th Percentile Wage
$92,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapy technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $92,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,570. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,820.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.89
25th Percentile Wage
$16.03
50th Percentile Wage
$27.68
75th Percentile Wage
$36.63
90th Percentile Wage
$44.52

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for respiratory therapy technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $44.52. The median hourly salary is $27.68. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.89.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,570-17.13%14.43%
201567,4303.47%-
201465,09018.54%-
201353,0207.09%-
201249,260--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Respiratory Therapy Technicians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of respiratory therapy technicians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of respiratory therapy technicians in state of California ranges from $47,260 to $74,460. The highest paying area for respiratory therapy technicians in California is Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale with a median annual salary of $74,460. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos (mean annual salary $71,180). The lowest paying area is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $47,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$74,460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$71,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$69,620
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$68,300
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$63,660
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$59,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$59,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$49,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$47,260


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