Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
119,410 1.0 % $28.12 $58,490 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.89 $23.04 $27.27 $32.67 $37.61
Annual Wage (2) $41,380 $47,920 $56,730 $67,950 $78,230


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 89,870 1.71 $28.06 $58,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,890 2.80 $28.77 $59,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,590 0.28 $28.35 $58,960
Offices of Physicians 3,230 0.13 $28.03 $58,300
Consumer Goods Rental 3,000 1.87 $25.47 $52,970

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 6,890 2.80 $28.77 $59,850
Consumer Goods Rental 3,000 1.87 $25.47 $52,970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 89,870 1.71 $28.06 $58,360
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,590 0.28 $28.35 $58,960
Outpatient Care Centers 1,830 0.26 $33.17 $69,000

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,830 0.26 $33.17 $69,000
Employment Services 1,590 0.05 $31.10 $64,690
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 250 0.04 $29.92 $62,220
Home Health Care Services 1,830 0.15 $29.43 $61,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 110 (7) $29.04 $60,410


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 14,070 0.93 1.05 $37.15 $77,280
Texas 10,540 0.94 1.06 $26.54 $55,210
Florida 7,510 0.98 1.11 $25.86 $53,800
New York 6,000 0.68 0.77 $31.97 $66,510
Ohio 5,940 1.14 1.29 $25.52 $53,090



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)
Mississippi 1,590 1.46 1.65 $22.88 $47,600
Kentucky 2,460 1.36 1.54 $22.74 $47,300
West Virginia 920 1.30 1.47 $22.91 $47,650
Tennessee 3,360 1.22 1.38 $23.74 $49,370
Ohio 5,940 1.14 1.29 $25.52 $53,090



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,070 0.93 1.05 $37.15 $77,280
Nevada 920 0.77 0.87 $34.55 $71,870
New Jersey 3,120 0.81 0.91 $33.59 $69,870
Massachusetts 2,470 0.74 0.84 $33.31 $69,280
Alaska 190 0.58 0.65 $33.16 $68,970




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 4,280 1.05 1.19 $35.83 $74,530
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,570 0.66 0.75 $34.83 $72,450
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,190 0.85 0.96 $26.92 $55,990
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,510 0.88 1.00 $27.83 $57,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.92 1.04 $27.38 $56,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,050 0.86 0.97 $26.10 $54,290
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.88 0.99 $29.85 $62,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,620 0.89 1.01 $26.32 $54,740
Pittsburgh, PA 1,350 1.19 1.35 $25.10 $52,210
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,300 1.24 1.41 $26.21 $54,510



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)
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 110 2.62 2.96 $24.75 $51,480
Morgantown, WV 170 2.58 2.92 $23.59 $49,070
Rochester, MN 250 2.42 2.73 $33.27 $69,200
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 110 2.39 2.70 $25.48 $53,010
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 90 2.32 2.63 $25.90 $53,860
Tyler, TX 220 2.29 2.59 $24.71 $51,390
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 120 2.25 2.54 $23.87 $49,640
Redding, CA 120 2.12 2.40 $35.82 $74,500
Gainesville, FL 260 2.11 2.38 $21.56 $44,850
Casper, WY 90 2.11 2.39 $25.18 $52,370