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Respiratory Therapists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of respiratory therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare respiratory therapists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Respiratory Therapists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,630
25th Percentile Wage
$49,640
50th Percentile Wage
$58,880
75th Percentile Wage
$70,900
90th Percentile Wage
$81,810

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) respiratory therapists is $81,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid respiratory therapists is $42,630.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,8801.61%4.94%
201557,9301.78%-
201456,9000.83%-
201356,4300.82%-
201255,970--

Compare Respiratory Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of respiratory therapists in 31 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for respiratory therapists occupations is the outpatient care centers industry with an annual salary $70,600. The lowest paying industry is the psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - state government owned industry (annual salary $51,720). For detailed respiratory therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$70,600
Ambulance Services
$62,370
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$61,230
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$60,340
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$60,120
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$60,100
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$60,090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$60,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$59,860
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$59,530
Home Health Care Services
$59,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$59,430
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$59,200
Hospitals - State government owned
$59,190
Offices of Physicians
$59,150
Hospitals - Privately owned
$59,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$59,030
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$58,740
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$58,650
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$58,620
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$56,280
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$56,150
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$55,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$55,330
Hospitals - Local government owned
$55,330
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$55,150
Other Residential Care Facilities
$54,770
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$53,680
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$53,300
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$53,300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$51,720

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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