|Quick Facts: Respiratory Therapists|
$61,830 per year
$29.73 per hour
|23% (Much faster than average)|
Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.
Most respiratory therapists work full time. Because they may work in medical facilities, such as hospitals that are always open, some may work evening, night, or weekend hours.
Respiratory therapists typically need an associate’s degree, but some have bachelor’s degrees. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $61,830 in May 2021.
Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 10,100 openings for respiratory therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of respiratory therapists with similar occupations.
Learn more about respiratory therapists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.