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Respiratory Therapists Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for respiratory therapists in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of respiratory therapists among Pennsylvania cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Respiratory Therapists in Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,320
25th Percentile Wage
$48,820
50th Percentile Wage
$57,740
75th Percentile Wage
$67,960
90th Percentile Wage
$77,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapists in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $77,340. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $57,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,320.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.35
25th Percentile Wage
$23.47
50th Percentile Wage
$27.76
75th Percentile Wage
$32.67
90th Percentile Wage
$37.18

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for respiratory therapists in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.18. The median hourly salary is $27.76. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.35.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201657,7400.61%2.93%
201557,3902.23%-
201456,1100.09%-
201356,0600.02%-
201256,050--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Respiratory Therapists in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of respiratory therapists in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $49,290 to $72,530. The highest paying area for respiratory therapists in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $72,530. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Philadelphia (mean annual salary $68,510). The lowest paying area is Erie with a median annual salary of $49,290.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$72,530
Philadelphia
$68,510
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$65,790
Lancaster
$60,560
York-Hanover
$60,030
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$59,970
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$58,730
Altoona
$57,170
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$56,470
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$55,980
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$53,950
Pittsburgh
$53,530
Johnstown
$52,920
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$52,500
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$51,140
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$50,190
Erie
$49,290


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