Respiratory Therapists Salary Information

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 [1].

Table 1. Respiratory Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,490
25th Percentile Wage
$49,340
50th Percentile Wage
$58,670
75th Percentile Wage
$70,650
90th Percentile Wage
$81,550

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.

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
201658,6701.50%4.77%
201557,7901.83%-
201456,7300.78%-
201356,2900.75%-
201255,870--

Table 2. Respiratory Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

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
$68,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$66,980
Health Care and Social Assistance
$58,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,670
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,950
Retail Trade
$54,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,640
Wholesale Trade
$50,910

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Respiratory Therapists by States

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
California
$77,900
New York
$72,170
Nevada
$72,160
New Jersey
$72,110
Alaska
$71,530
Massachusetts
$70,230
District of Columbia
$69,850
Washington
$68,640
Hawaii
$68,490
Connecticut
$67,840
Oregon
$67,570
Minnesota
$66,240
Maryland
$66,100
Rhode Island
$64,760
New Hampshire
$63,570
Delaware
$60,850
Vermont
$60,680
Wisconsin
$59,470
Colorado
$59,350
Virginia
$58,660
Utah
$58,040
Pennsylvania
$57,740
Texas
$57,420
Wyoming
$57,290
Maine
$57,000
Florida
$56,040
Arizona
$55,640
Michigan
$55,630
Idaho
$55,070
South Carolina
$55,010
Illinois
$54,780
North Carolina
$54,410
Ohio
$54,290
Georgia
$54,280
New Mexico
$54,230
Indiana
$53,760
Louisiana
$53,230
Montana
$53,160
Kansas
$52,270
Oklahoma
$52,230
Nebraska
$51,730
North Dakota
$51,720
Missouri
$51,370
Iowa
$50,730
South Dakota
$49,960
Tennessee
$48,780
West Virginia
$48,240
Kentucky
$48,030
Mississippi
$47,480
Arkansas
$47,410
Alabama
$46,600
Puerto Rico
$20,800


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