Earnings and Employment
Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary respiratory therapists are about
$52,200. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,490 and $61,720. The
lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,920 and the highest 10 percent
earned more than $69,800.
Respiratory therapists hold about 105,900 jobs in the United
States. About 81 percent of jobs were in hospitals, mainly in departments
of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Most of the
remaining jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners,
consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use,
nursing care facilities, employment services, and home healthcare services.
Holding a second job is relatively common for respiratory therapists. About
12 percent held another job, compared with 5 percent of workers in all
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor