Training Requirements for Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory therapists need an associate's degree.

Degrees for Respiratory therapists
Percent
Less than High School 0.4
High School 2.0
Some College 12.2
Associates Degree 52.6
Bachelors Degree 27.9
Masters Degree 3.9
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.0

Employment Outlook for Respiratory Therapists

This represents about 120,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 14,000 more respiratory therapists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 43,000 more.

Typical Income for Respiratory Therapists

Hourly Income

On average,respiratory therapists make $29.15 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Respiratory therapists $20.43 $23.72 $28.21 $33.97 $39.21
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
Therapists $22.12 $28.11 $36.07 $45.37 $54.98
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, respiratory therapists make $60,640 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Respiratory therapists $42,490 $49,340 $58,670 $70,650 $81,550
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
Therapists $46,000 $58,470 $75,020 $94,360 $114,360
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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