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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,990
25th Percentile Wage
$40,430
50th Percentile Wage
$50,350
75th Percentile Wage
$61,390
90th Percentile Wage
$73,330

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 $73,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,990. We 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 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$50,350
1.13% 7.13%
2016
$49,780
2.59% -
2015
$48,490
1.40% -
2014
$47,810
1.61% -
2013
$47,040
0.60% -
2012
$46,760
- -

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 $51,420. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $29,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,420
Wholesale Trade
$44,880
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,090
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,820
Retail Trade
$36,440
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,440

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 $18,800 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 $18,800. 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
$70,760
New Jersey
$68,420
Hawaii
$61,070
Maryland
$60,930
Arizona
$58,970
New York
$58,120
Oregon
$55,230
Connecticut
$55,050
Massachusetts
$53,900
Minnesota
$53,900
Missouri
$53,840
California
$51,950
Washington
$51,600
Rhode Island
$51,530
Illinois
$51,170
Texas
$50,750
Pennsylvania
$50,300
South Carolina
$50,200
Vermont
$50,120
Nebraska
$50,120
Indiana
$49,760
West Virginia
$49,550
Georgia
$49,200
Florida
$48,290
Maine
$48,270
Mississippi
$47,360
Utah
$47,030
Kansas
$46,600
Louisiana
$46,600
Arkansas
$46,010
Oklahoma
$45,100
Virginia
$45,080
Iowa
$44,370
Ohio
$43,190
New Mexico
$40,830
Tennessee
$39,520
Kentucky
$39,290
Colorado
$38,770
Alabama
$37,860
Michigan
$37,840
North Carolina
$36,900
North Dakota
$35,200
Wisconsin
$35,100
Idaho
$27,840
Puerto Rico
$18,800



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