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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Respiratory Therapists
Industry profile for Respiratory Therapists
Geographic profile for Respiratory Therapists

National estimates for Respiratory Therapists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Respiratory Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
131,890 1.0 % $ 31.56 $ 65,640 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Respiratory Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.09 $ 26.05 $ 30.20 $ 36.52 $ 42.87
Annual Wage (2) $ 45,940 $ 54,170 $ 62,810 $ 75,950 $ 89,170


Industry profile for Respiratory Therapists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Respiratory Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 101,820 1.82 $ 31.59 $ 65,710
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,780 2.54 $ 31.78 $ 66,110
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,520 0.36 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Offices of Physicians 2,750 0.11 $ 29.90 $ 62,190
Outpatient Care Centers 2,240 0.23 $ 42.27 $ 87,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Respiratory Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,780 2.54 $ 31.78 $ 66,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 101,820 1.82 $ 31.59 $ 65,710
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,140 0.69 $ 27.09 $ 56,340
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,520 0.36 $ 30.90 $ 64,270
Outpatient Care Centers 2,240 0.23 $ 42.27 $ 87,920

Top paying industries for Respiratory Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 2,240 0.23 $ 42.27 $ 87,920
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 840 0.03 $ 34.22 $ 71,180
Other Residential Care Facilities 80 0.05 $ 32.03 $ 66,620
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 6,780 2.54 $ 31.78 $ 66,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 101,820 1.82 $ 31.59 $ 65,710


Geographic profile for Respiratory Therapists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Respiratory Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 15,960 0.97 1.02 $ 41.92 $ 87,190
Texas 11,680 0.96 1.02 $ 29.56 $ 61,490
Florida 8,370 0.99 1.05 $ 28.92 $ 60,150
Ohio 6,420 1.25 1.32 $ 28.77 $ 59,840
New York 6,040 0.69 0.73 $ 38.39 $ 79,840




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Respiratory Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,070 1.64 1.73 $ 25.19 $ 52,400
Louisiana 2,500 1.39 1.46 $ 26.79 $ 55,720
Mississippi 1,460 1.36 1.43 $ 24.75 $ 51,480
Indiana 3,790 1.30 1.37 $ 28.71 $ 59,720
Ohio 6,420 1.25 1.32 $ 28.77 $ 59,840




Top paying states for Respiratory Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 15,960 0.97 1.02 $ 41.92 $ 87,190
District of Columbia 280 0.41 0.43 $ 39.88 $ 82,940
New York 6,040 0.69 0.73 $ 38.39 $ 79,840
Hawaii 330 0.57 0.60 $ 37.47 $ 77,930
Nevada 1,510 1.21 1.27 $ 37.20 $ 77,380





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Respiratory Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,070 0.80 0.84 $ 39.02 $ 81,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,150 1.06 1.11 $ 40.24 $ 83,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,220 1.09 1.14 $ 30.02 $ 62,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,110 0.87 0.91 $ 31.43 $ 65,370
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,100 1.15 1.21 $ 30.68 $ 63,810
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,090 0.71 0.75 $ 30.29 $ 63,010
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,360 1.12 1.18 $ 29.54 $ 61,440
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,300 0.92 0.97 $ 29.08 $ 60,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,210 0.84 0.89 $ 28.60 $ 59,480
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 1,820 1.02 1.08 $ 29.02 $ 60,360




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Respiratory Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Victoria, TX 160 4.40 4.64 $ 30.45 $ 63,330
Rome, GA 110 3.04 3.21 $ 29.22 $ 60,780
Redding, CA 170 2.66 2.80 $ 43.83 $ 91,160
Saginaw, MI 190 2.51 2.65 $ 28.55 $ 59,380
Prescott, AZ 150 2.36 2.48 $ 28.55 $ 59,390
Charleston, WV 230 2.23 2.35 $ 23.86 $ 49,640
Carbondale-Marion, IL 110 2.12 2.23 $ 28.22 $ 58,690
Winston-Salem, NC 500 1.95 2.05 $ 28.52 $ 59,330
Florence, SC 160 1.90 2.01 $ 27.95 $ 58,150
Roanoke, VA 270 1.90 2.01 $ 27.62 $ 57,450