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Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of respiratory therapy technicians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of respiratory therapy technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The respiratory therapy technicians 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 Therapy Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,800
25th Percentile Wage
$40,040
50th Percentile Wage
$49,780
75th Percentile Wage
$60,730
90th Percentile Wage
$72,970

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for respiratory therapy technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) respiratory therapy technicians is $72,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,780. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,800. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 136% 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 therapy technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201649,7802.59%6.07%
201548,4901.40%-
201447,8101.61%-
201347,0400.60%-
201246,760--

Table 2. Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of respiratory therapy technicians in 6 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 therapy technicians occupations is the health care and social assistance sector with an annual salary $50,660. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $29,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,660
Wholesale Trade
$48,050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$41,900
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,550
Retail Trade
$37,210
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,460

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Respiratory Therapy Technicians by States

From the above tables we note that not only respiratory therapy technicians 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 therapy technicians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,810 to $73,790. The highest paying state for respiratory therapy technicians is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $73,790. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,810. For more salary information of respiratory therapy technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$73,790
Nevada
$66,040
New Jersey
$63,720
Maryland
$59,790
New York
$57,660
California
$57,570
Massachusetts
$56,820
Hawaii
$56,810
Arizona
$55,070
Minnesota
$53,900
Washington
$52,640
Missouri
$51,670
Texas
$51,540
Rhode Island
$51,530
Vermont
$50,120
Nebraska
$50,120
Pennsylvania
$49,930
South Carolina
$48,990
Florida
$48,360
Maine
$48,270
Indiana
$48,190
Idaho
$47,950
Mississippi
$47,870
Illinois
$47,560
Louisiana
$47,240
West Virginia
$47,220
Georgia
$46,200
Iowa
$45,980
Utah
$45,540
Oklahoma
$45,490
Kansas
$45,020
Connecticut
$44,840
Alabama
$44,200
Ohio
$43,640
Arkansas
$43,620
Virginia
$42,880
Michigan
$41,150
New Mexico
$40,830
Colorado
$39,610
Tennessee
$39,100
Kentucky
$37,830
Wisconsin
$37,340
North Carolina
$36,920
North Dakota
$35,200
Puerto Rico
$19,810


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