Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,570 2.1 % $22.28 $46,340 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.25 $17.65 $21.74 $26.68 $31.70
Annual Wage (2) $29,630 $36,720 $45,210 $55,490 $65,930


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,400 0.22 $22.43 $46,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 480 0.23 $24.70 $51,380
Offices of Physicians 360 0.02 $21.67 $45,080
Consumer Goods Rental 300 0.15 $18.34 $38,140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 210 0.03 $22.71 $47,240

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 480 0.23 $24.70 $51,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,400 0.22 $22.43 $46,660
Consumer Goods Rental 300 0.15 $18.34 $38,140
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 210 0.03 $22.71 $47,240
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 40 0.02 $17.78 $36,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 480 0.23 $24.70 $51,380
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 210 0.03 $22.71 $47,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,400 0.22 $22.43 $46,660
Offices of Physicians 360 0.02 $21.67 $45,080
Employment Services 150 0.01 $21.57 $44,860


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,250 0.12 1.16 $20.59 $42,820
Florida 1,170 0.16 1.54 $22.50 $46,800
California 830 0.06 0.55 $25.42 $52,880
Pennsylvania 710 0.13 1.22 $24.09 $50,100
Illinois 600 0.11 1.01 $21.12 $43,930




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 370 0.33 3.05 $19.26 $40,070
Alabama 470 0.26 2.42 $17.39 $36,170
Mississippi 270 0.26 2.39 $17.22 $35,810
Louisiana 460 0.25 2.34 $22.11 $45,980
Kentucky 360 0.21 1.94 $20.16 $41,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 200 0.18 1.68 $33.82 $70,340
Maryland 420 0.17 1.59 $33.11 $68,860
New Jersey 320 0.09 0.80 $28.60 $59,480
New Hampshire 40 0.06 0.60 $28.31 $58,880
Connecticut 60 0.04 0.38 $28.27 $58,800

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 370 0.17 1.57 $22.61 $47,020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 320 0.34 3.16 $23.05 $47,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 310 0.06 0.58 $28.90 $60,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 260 0.11 0.98 $22.32 $46,420
Baltimore-Towson, MD 250 0.20 1.88 $33.51 $69,710
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 240 0.07 0.65 $22.07 $45,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.13 1.18 $29.18 $60,700
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 200 0.18 1.72 $23.26 $48,390
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 0.23 2.19 $34.17 $71,070
St. Louis, MO-IL 180 0.14 1.31 $19.91 $41,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Decatur, AL 40 0.68 6.38 $15.89 $33,050
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 80 0.47 4.43 $22.45 $46,690
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 150 0.46 4.32 $19.31 $40,160
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 320 0.34 3.16 $23.05 $47,940
Montgomery, AL 50 0.34 3.14 $18.75 $38,990
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 150 0.33 3.05 $18.13 $37,700
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 140 0.32 2.97 $22.84 $47,510
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.30 2.76 $21.93 $45,610
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.29 2.73 $19.78 $41,150
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 50 0.27 2.48 $20.90 $43,470




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 80 0.14 1.34 $34.94 $72,680
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 0.23 2.19 $34.17 $71,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 250 0.20 1.88 $33.51 $69,710
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 0.72 $30.89 $64,250
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.63 $30.23 $62,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.34 $29.39 $61,130
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 230 0.13 1.18 $29.18 $60,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 310 0.06 0.58 $28.90 $60,120
Honolulu, HI 40 0.10 0.96 $28.78 $59,870
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.67 $28.47 $59,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.40 3.71 $19.04 $39,610
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.45 4.20 $18.79 $39,080
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.21 1.92 $18.73 $38,960
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 5.01 $19.01 $39,540
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 4.02 $18.24 $37,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 5.46 $18.69 $38,860
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 5.01 $19.01 $39,540
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area 40 0.48 4.52 $21.25 $44,200
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.45 4.20 $18.79 $39,080
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 4.10 $17.71 $36,840

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 3.07 $23.21 $48,280
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.12 $23.04 $47,930
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.28 $22.80 $47,430
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.99 $21.64 $45,010
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.68 $21.31 $44,320


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011