The salary statistics of respiratory therapists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of respiratory therapists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The respiratory therapists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) respiratory therapists is $81,550. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,490. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 91% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of respiratory therapists in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for respiratory therapists occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $68,920. The lowest paying sector is the wholesale trade sector (annual salary $50,910).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only respiratory therapists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of respiratory therapists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,800 to $77,900. The highest paying state for respiratory therapists is California with a median annual salary of $77,900. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,800. For more salary information of respiratory therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |