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Respiratory therapist salary in United States

How much does a Respiratory Therapist make in the United States?

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The average salary for a respiratory therapist is $38.14 per hour in the United States. 23.8k salaries reported, updated at September 14, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Respiratory Therapists in United States

  1. St. David's HealthCare
    707 reviews81 salaries reported
    $78.54per hour
  2. $50.02per hour
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Highest paying cities for Respiratory Therapists near United States

  1. San Diego, CA
    $40.96 per hour
    106 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $39.01 per hour
    129 salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $38.95 per hour
    81 salaries reported
  1. Miami, FL
    $37.86 per hour
    164 salaries reported
  2. Fort Worth, TX
    $37.58 per hour
    134 salaries reported
  3. Memphis, TN
    $37.24 per hour
    96 salaries reported
  1. Oklahoma City, OK
    $36.66 per hour
    105 salaries reported
  2. Louisville, KY
    $36.32 per hour
    156 salaries reported
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Where can a Respiratory Therapist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Respiratory Therapists

Top skills
Acute Care
Top certifications
Radiology Certification
Top specialties
Sleep Medicine

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
253 jobs1,261
61 jobs252
39 jobs91
101 jobs584
216 jobs1,800
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Most common benefits for Respiratory Therapists

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • AD&D insurance
  • Adoption assistance
  • Continuing education credits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Free parking
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Housing stipend
  • License reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Loan repayment program
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid housing
  • Paid time off
  • Pet insurance
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 295 ratings

59% of Respiratory Therapists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Respiratory Care Practitioner

16,502 job openings

Average $33.26 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Respiratory Therapist

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a respiratory therapist?

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Where do respiratory therapists get paid the most?

The highest paying cities for respiratory therapists are:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Columbus, OH
  • Louisville, KY
  • Miami, FL
  • Birmingham, AL
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Do respiratory therapists make good money?

Respiratory therapist salaries vary between states. Some factors that determine how much respiratory therapists make include their level of experience, education, employer, location and work setting.

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