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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Respiratory Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,120
25th Percentile Wage
$50,540
50th Percentile Wage
$59,710
75th Percentile Wage
$72,200
90th Percentile Wage
$83,030

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 $83,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,120. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 92% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of respiratory therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,710
1.74% 6.43%
2016
$58,670
1.50% -
2015
$57,790
1.83% -
2014
$56,730
0.78% -
2013
$56,290
0.75% -
2012
$55,870
- -

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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $82,730. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $52,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,730
Educational Services
$69,390
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,900
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,650
Retail Trade
$55,750
Wholesale Trade
$55,220
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,580
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,030

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 $21,390 to $78,680. The highest paying state for respiratory therapists is California with a median annual salary of $78,680. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,390. For more salary information of respiratory therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$78,680
New York
$73,870
Alaska
$73,150
Nevada
$72,810
New Jersey
$72,290
Massachusetts
$70,750
District of Columbia
$70,720
Hawaii
$70,640
Oregon
$68,990
Connecticut
$68,570
Minnesota
$68,020
Maryland
$67,870
Washington
$67,020
Rhode Island
$66,770
Delaware
$65,190
New Hampshire
$64,090
Vermont
$61,460
Colorado
$60,870
Wisconsin
$60,050
Virginia
$59,380
Utah
$59,290
Texas
$59,000
Pennsylvania
$58,700
Wyoming
$58,350
Maine
$57,820
Florida
$57,080
Arizona
$56,750
New Mexico
$56,670
Illinois
$56,520
Idaho
$56,410
Michigan
$56,000
Georgia
$55,960
Montana
$55,180
Ohio
$55,090
South Carolina
$54,870
North Carolina
$54,560
Nebraska
$53,920
Louisiana
$53,870
Indiana
$53,850
Oklahoma
$53,840
North Dakota
$53,540
Kansas
$53,170
Missouri
$52,910
Iowa
$51,500
South Dakota
$50,890
Tennessee
$50,010
West Virginia
$48,850
Kentucky
$48,420
Arkansas
$48,380
Mississippi
$48,120
Alabama
$47,860
Puerto Rico
$21,390



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