Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
128,250 1.2 % $29.72 $61,810 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.73 $24.30 $28.71 $34.71 $39.92
Annual Wage (2) $43,120 $50,540 $59,710 $72,200 $83,030


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 97,340 1.77 $29.76 $61,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 7,590 2.92 $30.31 $63,050
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,590 0.41 $29.94 $62,280
Offices of Physicians 2,860 0.11 $30.32 $63,060
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,630 0.77 $25.67 $53,390

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 7,590 2.92 $30.31 $63,050
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 97,340 1.77 $29.76 $61,900
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,630 0.77 $25.67 $53,390
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,590 0.41 $29.94 $62,280
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,500 0.17 $29.68 $61,740

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 420 0.01 $35.00 $72,800
Outpatient Care Centers 940 0.11 $33.75 $70,210
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 130 (7) $32.32 $67,230
Employment Services (8) (8) $31.12 $64,720
Offices of Physicians 2,860 0.11 $30.32 $63,060


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 17,530 1.05 1.17 $38.31 $79,680
Texas 11,280 0.95 1.05 $28.80 $59,890
Florida 8,500 1.01 1.12 $27.57 $57,350
Ohio 6,180 1.15 1.28 $26.59 $55,310
New York 5,750 0.62 0.69 $35.28 $73,390




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)
Indiana 4,230 1.40 1.56 $26.02 $54,130
West Virginia 920 1.34 1.49 $24.18 $50,290
Kentucky 2,510 1.34 1.48 $23.52 $48,920
Mississippi 1,480 1.32 1.47 $23.47 $48,810
Alabama 2,470 1.29 1.43 $23.49 $48,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,530 1.05 1.17 $38.31 $79,680
Alaska 160 0.50 0.56 $35.45 $73,740
New York 5,750 0.62 0.69 $35.28 $73,390
Nevada 1,080 0.83 0.92 $35.19 $73,190
New Jersey 3,000 0.75 0.83 $34.89 $72,570



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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 5,290 1.19 1.33 $36.34 $75,600
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,780 0.57 0.63 $37.56 $78,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,120 0.85 0.95 $28.31 $58,880
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,310 0.79 0.88 $29.66 $61,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 1.27 1.42 $35.44 $73,710
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,010 0.81 0.90 $30.23 $62,880
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,010 1.96 2.17 $25.56 $53,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,980 0.76 0.84 $28.48 $59,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,700 1.18 1.32 $34.54 $71,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,590 1.11 1.23 $38.40 $79,860


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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)
Victoria, TX 170 4.15 4.62 (8) (8)
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 160 3.75 4.17 $29.31 $60,960
Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL 130 3.09 3.44 $23.40 $48,670
Texarkana, TX-AR 160 2.86 3.18 $28.42 $59,120
Hattiesburg, MS 160 2.58 2.87 $23.13 $48,110
Morgantown, WV 160 2.47 2.74 $25.12 $52,240
Gainesville, FL 320 2.45 2.73 $24.32 $50,580
Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH 80 2.15 2.38 $24.84 $51,660
Alexandria, LA 130 2.11 2.35 $25.27 $52,560
Greenville, NC 160 2.08 2.32 $24.73 $51,440