Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.


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)
10,600 3.3 % $24.29 $50,520 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.81 $19.25 $23.93 $29.20 $35.08
Annual Wage (2) $30,800 $40,040 $49,780 $60,730 $72,970


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 8,180 0.15 $24.85 $51,680
Consumer Goods Rental 430 0.26 $20.26 $42,140
Offices of Physicians 380 0.02 $27.58 $57,370
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.13 $23.76 $49,430
Home Health Care Services 290 0.02 $21.53 $44,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Consumer Goods Rental 430 0.26 $20.26 $42,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,180 0.15 $24.85 $51,680
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.13 $23.76 $49,430
Home Health Care Services 290 0.02 $21.53 $44,780
Offices of Physicians 380 0.02 $27.58 $57,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 380 0.02 $27.58 $57,370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,180 0.15 $24.85 $51,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 90 0.01 $24.32 $50,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.13 $23.76 $49,430
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.01 $22.98 $47,810


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)
Texas 1,350 0.11 1.52 $24.68 $51,340
California 830 0.05 0.69 $27.50 $57,210
Missouri 820 0.30 3.96 $24.79 $51,560
Florida 490 0.06 0.79 $23.78 $49,470
Louisiana 490 0.25 3.35 $22.41 $46,610




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 360 0.32 4.21 $23.30 $48,450
Missouri 820 0.30 3.96 $24.79 $51,560
Arkansas 360 0.30 3.97 $21.19 $44,080
Louisiana 490 0.25 3.35 $22.41 $46,610
West Virginia 150 0.21 2.80 $22.72 $47,260




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.20 2.61 $34.21 $71,150
Nevada 120 0.09 1.22 $31.37 $65,260
New Jersey 140 0.03 0.45 $30.01 $62,420
Maryland 410 0.15 2.04 $28.46 $59,210
Minnesota 60 0.02 0.30 $28.39 $59,050





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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.24 3.13 $28.29 $58,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.24 3.12 $25.44 $52,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 300 0.15 2.04 $26.07 $54,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 300 0.10 1.34 $24.76 $51,500
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.26 3.42 $26.28 $54,670
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 260 0.46 6.16 $23.66 $49,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.75 $34.58 $71,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 1.20 $21.35 $44,420
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.77 $22.66 $47,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.08 1.10 $26.11 $54,310




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)
Jonesboro, AR 80 1.50 19.92 $19.69 $40,960
Morgantown, WV 40 0.60 7.89 $20.03 $41,660
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 260 0.46 6.16 $23.66 $49,210
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.33 4.40 $22.58 $46,970
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.26 3.42 $26.28 $54,670
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 40 0.25 3.26 $23.05 $47,940
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.24 3.12 $25.44 $52,910
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 50 0.24 3.20 $20.06 $41,720
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.24 3.13 $28.29 $58,830
Lafayette, LA 50 0.23 3.00 $20.10 $41,810




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 30 0.03 0.46 $34.74 $72,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.75 $34.58 $71,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 0.79 $33.46 $69,600
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 0.82 $32.73 $68,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.03 0.35 $30.70 $63,860
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 80 0.05 0.61 $30.30 $63,030
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.68 $30.01 $62,430
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.47 $29.92 $62,230
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.45 $29.36 $61,070
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 320 0.24 3.13 $28.29 $58,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 5.94 $24.04 $50,010
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.51 6.72 $19.34 $40,230
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.56 $22.99 $47,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 4.58 $22.53 $46,850
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 6.73 $20.54 $42,720

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 8.65 $21.40 $44,510
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.51 6.72 $19.34 $40,230
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 6.73 $20.54 $42,720
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 5.94 $24.04 $50,010
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.56 $22.99 $47,820

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 2.91 $24.67 $51,310
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 5.94 $24.04 $50,010
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.56 $22.99 $47,820
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 4.58 $22.53 $46,850
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 3.37 $22.47 $46,740


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017