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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 $77,900, California is the highest paying state for respiratory therapists. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $72,170). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$77,900
$54,500 16,560
2 New York
$72,170
$51,560 5,840
3 Nevada
$72,160
$53,450 960
4 New Jersey
$72,110
$56,330 3,020
5 Alaska
$71,530
$54,820 160
6 Massachusetts
$70,230
$52,930 2,660
7 District of Columbia
$69,850
$48,370 380
8 Washington
$68,640
$52,460 2,230
9 Hawaii
$68,490
$46,750 320
10 Connecticut
$67,840
$53,090 1,210
11 Oregon
$67,570
$51,460 1,300
12 Minnesota
$66,240
$53,040 1,620
13 Maryland
$66,100
$52,630 1,500
14 Rhode Island
$64,760
$45,720 360
15 New Hampshire
$63,570
$51,150 410
16 Delaware
$60,850
$45,810 360
17 Vermont
$60,680
$49,800 210
18 Wisconsin
$59,470
$45,540 1,920
19 Colorado
$59,350
$45,340 1,810
20 Virginia
$58,660
$42,300 2,470
21 Utah
$58,040
$43,420 940
22 Pennsylvania
$57,740
$42,320 5,390
23 Texas
$57,420
$42,450 11,700
24 Wyoming
$57,290
$41,710 210
25 Maine
$57,000
$42,850 470
26 Florida
$56,040
$42,860 8,590
27 Arizona
$55,640
$41,630 2,290
28 Michigan
$55,630
$43,350 4,120
29 Idaho
$55,070
$43,070 550
30 South Carolina
$55,010
$41,890 1,710
31 Illinois
$54,780
$40,950 5,010
32 North Carolina
$54,410
$42,540 3,940
33 Ohio
$54,290
$41,980 6,490
34 Georgia
$54,280
$41,620 3,710
35 New Mexico
$54,230
$41,090 780
36 Indiana
$53,760
$41,480 3,890
37 Louisiana
$53,230
$39,790 2,190
38 Montana
$53,160
$41,920 430
39 Kansas
$52,270
$40,800 1,120
40 Oklahoma
$52,230
$41,540 1,140
41 Nebraska
$51,730
$41,810 940
42 North Dakota
$51,720
$41,700 300
43 Missouri
$51,370
$39,660 2,470
44 Iowa
$50,730
$40,530 920
45 South Dakota
$49,960
$40,030 330
46 Tennessee
$48,780
$38,390 3,810
47 West Virginia
$48,240
$37,390 860
48 Kentucky
$48,030
$35,670 2,510
49 Mississippi
$47,480
$35,040 1,540
50 Arkansas
$47,410
$33,900 870
51 Alabama
$46,600
$34,290 2,300
52 Puerto Rico
$20,800
$16,260 390
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