Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
118,640 1.0 % $27.83 $57,880 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.76 $22.97 $27.06 $32.40 $36.90
Annual Wage (2) $41,110 $47,770 $56,290 $67,390 $76,750


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 89,460 1.70 $27.68 $57,580
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,270 2.62 $28.43 $59,140
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,860 0.23 $28.64 $59,580
Offices of Physicians 3,110 0.13 $28.40 $59,060
Consumer Goods Rental 2,970 1.83 $24.98 $51,950

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 6,270 2.62 $28.43 $59,140
Consumer Goods Rental 2,970 1.83 $24.98 $51,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 89,460 1.70 $27.68 $57,580
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.27 $33.59 $69,860
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,860 0.23 $28.64 $59,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,820 0.27 $33.59 $69,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 700 0.02 $31.99 $66,530
Employment Services 2,350 0.07 $31.18 $64,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $31.16 $64,820
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 250 0.04 $29.51 $61,380


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 14,160 0.96 1.08 $36.48 $75,870
Texas 10,160 0.93 1.04 $26.50 $55,130
Florida 7,470 1.00 1.12 $25.66 $53,380
New York 5,980 0.69 0.77 $31.50 $65,520
Ohio 5,880 1.15 1.28 $25.34 $52,700




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 2,530 1.42 1.59 $22.18 $46,140
Mississippi 1,500 1.39 1.55 $23.52 $48,920
Tennessee 3,390 1.26 1.40 $23.32 $48,510
West Virginia 880 1.24 1.39 $22.56 $46,930
Alabama 2,130 1.16 1.29 $22.21 $46,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,160 0.96 1.08 $36.48 $75,870
New Jersey 3,080 0.80 0.90 $33.45 $69,580
Nevada 960 0.84 0.94 $33.33 $69,340
Alaska 190 0.58 0.65 $33.07 $68,790
Massachusetts 2,350 0.72 0.81 $32.51 $67,620





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 4,250 1.07 1.20 $35.13 $73,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,510 0.67 0.75 $34.35 $71,460
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.75 0.83 $27.35 $56,890
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,520 0.91 1.02 $27.40 $56,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,830 0.79 0.89 $25.63 $53,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,790 1.00 1.12 $25.71 $53,470
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,740 0.81 0.90 $27.73 $57,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.91 1.01 $29.30 $60,940
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,490 1.17 1.30 $31.33 $65,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.00 1.12 $35.46 $73,750




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 3.32 3.71 $25.74 $53,540
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 110 2.70 3.02 $24.30