Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
129,600 1.1 % $30.05 $62,500 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.03 $24.73 $28.98 $34.98 $40.15
Annual Wage (2) $43,750 $51,430 $60,280 $72,760 $83,520


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 98,960 1.78 $30.08 $62,570
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 7,480 2.86 $30.95 $64,380
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,070 0.38 $30.09 $62,590
Offices of Physicians 2,890 0.11 $29.35 $61,050
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,620 0.77 $26.03 $54,130

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 7,480 2.86 $30.95 $64,380
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 98,960 1.78 $30.08 $62,570
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,620 0.77 $26.03 $54,130
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 6,070 0.38 $30.09 $62,590
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 1,190 0.18 $28.04 $58,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 270 (7) $37.20 $77,380
Outpatient Care Centers 1,260 0.14 $36.54 $76,000
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 440 0.01 $36.24 $75,370
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 7,480 2.86 $30.95 $64,380
Employment Services (8) (8) $30.50 $63,450


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 17,260 1.01 1.13 $38.29 $79,640
Texas 11,250 0.93 1.04 $28.81 $59,930
Florida 8,200 0.95 1.06 $27.86 $57,960
Ohio 6,200 1.14 1.28 $27.32 $56,830
Pennsylvania 5,810 0.99 1.11 $27.39 $56,970




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)
West Virginia 1,020 1.46 1.63 $24.24 $50,420
Mississippi 1,500 1.34 1.49 $23.66 $49,220
Indiana 4,010 1.32 1.47 $26.74 $55,610
Kentucky 2,480 1.31 1.46 $23.99 $49,890
Alabama 2,450 1.26 1.41 $24.41 $50,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 17,260 1.01 1.13 $38.29 $79,640
District of Columbia 290 0.41 0.46 $37.76 $78,540
Alaska 170 0.54 0.60 $36.83 $76,610
New York 5,740 0.61 0.68 $36.01 $74,890
Massachusetts 2,370 0.66 0.74 $35.42 $73,660





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-Anaheim, CA 6,890 1.13 1.26 $36.23 $75,360
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,870 0.62 0.69 $37.92 $78,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,320 0.93 1.04 $29.99 $62,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,320 0.71 0.80 $30.41 $63,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,840 1.00 1.11 $29.92 $62,220
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,640 1.02 1.14 $27.95 $58,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,530 0.85 0.95 $29.24 $60,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,300 0.86 0.96 $29.19 $60,720
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,070 1.05 1.17 $27.35 $56,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,020 0.83 0.93 $44.40 $92,350