Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-1126 Respiratory Therapists

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.


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)
113,980 1.1 % $27.05 $56,260 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.55 $22.63 $26.56 $31.29 $35.77
Annual Wage (2) $40,660 $47,070 $55,250 $65,080 $74,400


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 87,520 1.69 $26.87 $55,880
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 5,420 2.46 $27.91 $58,050
Nursing Care Facilities 3,580 0.21 $28.76 $59,820
Employment Services 2,740 0.09 $30.29 $63,000
Offices of Physicians 2,620 0.11 $26.92 $55,990

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 5,420 2.46 $27.91 $58,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 87,520 1.69 $26.87 $55,880
Consumer Goods Rental 1,990 1.11 $24.24 $50,430
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,890 0.27 $28.03 $58,300
Nursing Care Facilities 3,580 0.21 $28.76 $59,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,030 0.04 $32.24 $67,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 210 (7) $30.45 $63,340
Employment Services 2,740 0.09 $30.29 $63,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $30.26 $62,940
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 110 0.09 $29.67 $61,720


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)
California 14,130 1.01 1.13 $33.62 $69,930
Texas 10,230 0.99 1.12 $25.59 $53,230
Florida 7,060 0.99 1.11 $24.97 $51,930
New York 5,900 0.70 0.79 $31.40 $65,310
Ohio 5,690 1.14 1.29 $24.75 $51,480




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)
Kentucky 2,170 1.25 1.41 $21.53 $44,790
Tennessee 3,220 1.24 1.39 $22.67 $47,150
Mississippi 1,280 1.19 1.34 $22.78 $47,390
Indiana 3,280 1.19 1.34 $24.74 $51,450
West Virginia 820 1.17 1.32 $21.84 $45,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,130 1.01 1.13 $33.62 $69,930
Nevada 730 0.66 0.74 $32.34 $67,270
Hawaii 310 0.54 0.61 $32.16 $66,890
New Jersey 2,570 0.68 0.77 $32.11 $66,790
Connecticut 1,310 0.81 0.91 $31.73 $66,000





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,130 1.08 1.22 $31.79 $66,110
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,540 0.70 0.79 $33.53 $69,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,700 0.75 0.85 $26.03 $54,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,430 0.95 1.07 $26.81 $55,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.96 1.08 $26.43 $54,980
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,890 1.04 1.17 $29.77 $61,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,790 0.80 0.90 $25.39 $52,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,550 0.91 1.03 $25.78 $53,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,490 1.31 1.47 $30.91 $64,300
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.05 1.19 $33.77 $70,240




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)
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 130 2.99 3.36 $24.60 $51,160
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 240 2.95 3.32 $26.01 $54,090
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 110 2.55 2.87 $22.59 $46,990
Lima, OH 110 2.36 2.66 $23.16 $48,180
Morgantown, WV 130 2.27 2.55 $23.16 $48,180
Rochester, MN 220 2.25 2.53 $31.78 $66,100
Bowling Green, KY 130 2.25 2.53 $21.83 $45,420
Dothan, AL 130 2.21 2.49 $24.30 $50,540
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 90 2.13 2.40 $26.03 $54,140
Chico, CA 140 2.11 2.38 $32.50 $67,590