The average annual and hourly salaries for respiratory therapists in the state of Louisiana are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of respiratory therapists amongst Louisiana metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$39,870|
|25th Percentile Wage||$45,600|
|50th Percentile Wage||$53,870|
|75th Percentile Wage||$61,200|
|90th Percentile Wage||$69,400|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapists in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $69,400. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $39,870.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in some Louisiana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in state of Louisiana ranges from $48,460 to $56,950. The highest paying area for respiratory therapists in Louisiana is New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner with a median annual salary of $56,950. The second highest paying city/area in Louisiana State is New Iberia nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $55,550). The lowest paying area is Hammond nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $48,460.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner|| |
|New Iberia nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux|| |
|Lake Charles|| |
|Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Shreveport-Bossier City|| |
|Baton Rouge|| |
|Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Hammond nonmetropolitan area|| |