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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
$43,320
25th Percentile Wage
$50,880
50th Percentile Wage
$59,970
75th Percentile Wage
$72,510
90th Percentile Wage
$83,440

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 $83,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid respiratory therapists is $43,320.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,970
1.82% 6.67%
2016
$58,880
1.61% -
2015
$57,930
1.78% -
2014
$56,900
0.83% -
2013
$56,430
0.82% -
2012
$55,970
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Compare Respiratory Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of respiratory therapists in 32 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 $66,110. The lowest paying industry is the all other ambulatory health care services industry (annual salary $51,560). For detailed respiratory therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Outpatient Care Centers
$66,110
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$63,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$61,870
Hospitals - State government owned
$61,530
Offices of Physicians
$61,370
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$61,340
Home Health Care Services
$61,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$61,240
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$61,030
Ambulance Services
$60,950
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$60,430
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$60,320
Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$60,130
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$59,920
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$59,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$59,790
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$59,200
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$58,710
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$58,190
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$57,150
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$57,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$56,630
Hospitals - Local government owned
$56,620
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$55,140
Other Residential Care Facilities
$54,770
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$54,070
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$53,730
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$53,720
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$53,430
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$51,720
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$51,560

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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