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Highest Paying Industries for Respiratory Therapists

The top 60 highest paying industries for respiratory therapists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $68,090, educational services - local government owned is the highest paying industry for respiratory therapists. It is followed by temporary help services industry (average annual salary $66,100). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of respiratory therapists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 60 Highest Paying Industries for Respiratory Therapists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Educational Services - Local government owned
$68,090
120
2 Temporary Help Services
$66,100
1,080
3 Outpatient Care Centers
$65,860
1,830
4 Employment Services
$65,200
1,590
5 Administrative and Support Services
$65,070
1,610
6 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,070
1,610
7 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$64,380
250
8 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$64,380
250
9 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$63,160
n/a
10 Ambulance Services
$62,050
80
11 Educational Services - State government owned
$61,950
250
12 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$61,830
250
13 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$60,350
110
14 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$58,440
6,710
15 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$58,350
6,890
16 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$57,930
8,560
17 Home Health Care Services
$57,910
1,830
18 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$57,880
720
19 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$57,830
4,590
20 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$57,450
5,160
21 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$57,300
360
22 Hospitals - Privately owned
$57,150
83,710
23 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$57,030
76,930
24 Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,900
110,580
25 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$56,790
96,870
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$56,660
89,870
27 State government, including schools and hospitals
$56,620
3,190
28 Offices of Physicians
$56,600
3,230
29 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$56,500
1,450
30 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$56,440
2,720
31 Hospitals - State government owned
$56,270
2,880
32 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$55,420
140
33 Other Residential Care Facilities
$54,770
70
34 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$54,730
130
35 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$54,250
14,290
36 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$54,210
730
37 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$54,030
10,510
38 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$53,930
60
39 Hospitals - Local government owned
$53,840
10,280
40 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$53,820
10,220
41 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$53,470
100
42 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$53,130
70
43 Retail Trade
$53,000
1,830
44 Health and Personal Care Stores
$52,970
1,820
45 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$52,710
80
46 Consumer Goods Rental
$52,280
3,000
47 Rental and Leasing Services
$52,160
3,120
48 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,160
3,120
49 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,870
50
50 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$51,720
30
51 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$50,540
880
52 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$50,500
880
53 Wholesale Trade
$50,480
920
54 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$49,220
260
55 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$48,930
750
56 Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,930
750
57 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$48,480
70
58 Federal government, including USPS
$47,440
580
59 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$47,440
580
60 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$47,440
110
See also: Highest paying cities for respiratory therapists.