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Highest Paying States for Respiratory Therapists

The highest paying states 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 of respiratory therapists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $78,680, California is the highest paying state for respiratory therapists. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $73,870). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of respiratory therapists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Respiratory Therapists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$78,680
$55,170 17,530
2 New York
$73,870
$52,430 5,750
3 Alaska
$73,150
$56,040 160
4 Nevada
$72,810
$54,310 1,080
5 New Jersey
$72,290
$55,990 3,000
6 Massachusetts
$70,750
$52,560 2,470
7 District of Columbia
$70,720
$49,760 350
8 Hawaii
$70,640
$50,690 380
9 Oregon
$68,990
$53,010 1,290
10 Connecticut
$68,570
$53,520 1,250
11 Minnesota
$68,020
$53,580 1,720
12 Maryland
$67,870
$52,790 1,450
13 Washington
$67,020
$51,350 2,350
14 Rhode Island
$66,770
$48,700 320
15 Delaware
$65,190
$51,830 400
16 New Hampshire
$64,090
$51,840 370
17 Vermont
$61,460
$48,090 200
18 Colorado
$60,870
$46,360 1,880
19 Wisconsin
$60,050
$47,730 1,940
20 Virginia
$59,380
$42,760 2,520
21 Utah
$59,290
$44,000 920
22 Texas
$59,000
$43,920 11,280
23 Pennsylvania
$58,700
$42,680 5,550
24 Wyoming
$58,350
$43,240 210
25 Maine
$57,820
$44,490 440
26 Florida
$57,080
$43,890 8,500
27 Arizona
$56,750
$42,630 2,190
28 New Mexico
$56,670
$43,330 770
29 Illinois
$56,520
$42,020 4,780
30 Idaho
$56,410
$43,840 580
31 Michigan
$56,000
$43,070 4,270
32 Georgia
$55,960
$42,280 3,880
33 Montana
$55,180
$42,150 460
34 Ohio
$55,090
$42,860 6,180
35 South Carolina
$54,870
$42,370 1,730
36 North Carolina
$54,560
$42,590 3,990
37 Nebraska
$53,920
$42,270 1,000
38 Louisiana
$53,870
$39,870 2,220
39 Indiana
$53,850
$40,480 4,230
40 Oklahoma
$53,840
$41,940 1,250
41 North Dakota
$53,540
$42,720 310
42 Kansas
$53,170
$41,870 1,120
43 Missouri
$52,910
$40,020 2,830
44 Iowa
$51,500
$41,430 960
45 South Dakota
$50,890
$40,850 350
46 Tennessee
$50,010
$39,140 3,510
47 West Virginia
$48,850
$38,610 920
48 Kentucky
$48,420
$35,760 2,510
49 Arkansas
$48,380
$33,870 970
50 Mississippi
$48,120
$36,210 1,480
51 Alabama
$47,860
$36,200 2,470
52 Puerto Rico
$21,390
$16,520 580
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