Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
9,600 3.6 % $24.47 $50,900 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.90 $19.44 $24.21 $29.52 $35.25
Annual Wage (2) $30,990 $40,430 $50,350 $61,390 $73,330


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 7,210 0.13 $25.51 $53,070
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 440 0.13 $20.79 $43,250
Offices of Physicians 330 0.01 $23.33 $48,520
Home Health Care Services 280 0.02 $21.29 $44,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.10 $23.31 $48,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,210 0.13 $25.51 $53,070
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 440 0.13 $20.79 $43,250
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.10 $23.31 $48,480
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 250 0.03 $20.55 $42,740
Home Health Care Services 280 0.02 $21.29 $44,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,210 0.13 $25.51 $53,070
Offices of Physicians 330 0.01 $23.33 $48,520
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.10 $23.31 $48,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 120 0.01 $22.28 $46,330
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $22.26 $46,310


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 1,380 0.12 1.72 $24.84 $51,660
Missouri 920 0.33 4.88 $25.59 $53,230
California 710 0.04 0.63 $25.55 $53,150
Florida 490 0.06 0.86 $23.51 $48,900
Illinois 460 0.08 1.16 $24.81 $51,610




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)
Missouri 920 0.33 4.88 $25.59 $53,230
Mississippi 370 0.33 4.86 $23.15 $48,150
Arkansas 300 0.25 3.70 $22.16 $46,100
Vermont 60 0.21 3.09 (8) (8)
Louisiana 370 0.19 2.87 $21.96 $45,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 110 0.09 1.28 $33.17 $68,990
New Jersey 60 0.02 0.24 $31.11 $64,700
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $29.12 $60,580
Maryland 330 0.12 1.83 $28.84 $59,980
New York 260 0.03 0.41 $28.50 $59,280



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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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 420 0.31 4.55 $26.42 $54,940
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 1.34 $24.54 $51,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.13 1.95 $29.36 $61,060
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.19 2.80 $28.53 $59,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 220 0.09 1.27 $22.67 $47,160
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.21 3.07 $26.95 $56,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 190 0.05 0.76 $26.40 $54,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 180 0.07 1.10 $25.32 $52,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.35 $30.38 $63,190
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 150 0.15 2.26 $25.67 $53,400


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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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 420 0.31 4.55 $26.42 $54,940
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 60 0.30 4.41 $19.57 $40,700
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 30 0.22 3.28 $23.80 $49,500
Kansas City, MO-KS 220 0.21 3.07 $26.95 $56,060
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.19 2.80 $28.53 $59,350
Lafayette, LA 40 0.18 2.72 $19.37 $40,290
Springfield, MO 30 0.15 2.26 $26.12 $54,320
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 150 0.15 2.26 $25.67 $53,400
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 60 0.14 2.11 $23.00 $47,840
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.13 1.95 $29.36 $61,060


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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 40 0.04 0.55 $36.90 $76,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.72 $35.25 $73,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 0.77 $33.61 $69,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.39 $63,220
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 160 0.02 0.35 $30.38 $63,190
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.52 $29.50 $61,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.13 1.95 $29.36 $61,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.03 0.44 $29.34 $61,040
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 260 0.19 2.80 $28.53 $59,350
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.11 1.70 $28.24 $58,740

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 110 0.50 7.37 $23.90 $49,710
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 6.94 $20.89 $43,450
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 4.49 $18.04 $37,510
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 3.44 $24.27 $50,480
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 3.32 $21.46 $44,640

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 7.37 $23.90 $49,710
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 6.94 $20.89 $43,450
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 4.49 $18.04 $37,510
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 4.32 $21.58 $44,900
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.85 $23.80 $49,510

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.26 $54,610
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 3.44 $24.27 $50,480
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.50 7.37 $23.90 $49,710
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.85 $23.80 $49,510
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 1.86 $23.73 $49,360


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018