Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

29-1126 Respiratory Therapists

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.


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)
109,270 1.0 % $26.54 $55,200 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.22 $22.19 $26.10 $30.54 $35.29
Annual Wage (2) $39,990 $46,160 $54,280 $63,510 $73,410


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 85,070 1.65 $26.37 $54,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 5,210 2.43 $27.82 $57,870
Nursing Care Facilities 3,490 0.21 $27.85 $57,920
Offices of Physicians 2,300 0.10 $25.46 $52,950
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,300 0.35 $28.82 $59,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 5,210 2.43 $27.82 $57,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 85,070 1.65 $26.37 $54,840
Consumer Goods Rental 1,960 0.96 $24.10 $50,120
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,300 0.35 $28.82 $59,940
Nursing Care Facilities 3,490 0.21 $27.85 $57,920

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 780 0.03 $31.95 $66,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 220 (7) $30.26 $62,940
Employment Services 1,960 0.07 $29.46 $61,270
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,300 0.35 $28.82 $59,940
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 160 0.14 $28.36 $58,980


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)
California 12,570 0.90 1.05 $32.68 $67,970
Texas 9,890 0.98 1.14 $25.15 $52,320
Florida 6,450 0.91 1.06 $24.54 $51,040
New York 5,810 0.70 0.81 $30.66 $63,770
Ohio 5,460 1.11 1.29 $24.54 $51,030




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)
Kentucky 2,160 1.26 1.46 $21.21 $44,110
Tennessee 3,140 1.22 1.42 $22.62 $47,060
Mississippi 1,280 1.20 1.40 $24.00 $49,910
West Virginia 800 1.17 1.36 $21.59 $44,910
Indiana 3,090 1.13 1.32 $24.73 $51,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,570 0.90 1.05 $32.68 $67,970
Nevada 610 0.55 0.64 $32.07 $66,710
New Jersey 2,380 0.63 0.74 $31.77 $66,080
Maryland 1,670 0.68 0.79 $31.74 $66,020
Connecticut 1,190 0.75 0.87 $31.02 $64,530

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.97 1.12 $31.65 $65,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,340 0.67 0.78 $32.87 $68,370
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,850 0.81 0.94 $26.47 $55,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,150 0.86 1.00 $26.54 $55,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,010 1.00 1.17 $25.79 $53,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,890 0.86 1.00 $25.31 $52,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,820 1.01 1.18 $28.92 $60,150
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,470 0.88 1.02 $23.97 $49,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,320 1.16 1.35 $29.99 $62,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,280 1.02 1.19 $24.26 $50,470




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)
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI 250 3.12 3.63 $25.81 $53,680
Dothan, AL 130 2.37 2.76 $24.87 $51,730
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 110 2.33 2.71 $22.17 $46,110
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 90 2.25 2.62 $23.96 $49,830
Rochester, MN 220 2.23 2.59 $31.65 $65,830
Cumberland, MD-WV 80 2.22 2.58 $22.64 $47,100
Morgantown, WV 130 2.17 2.52 $23.07 $47,990
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 100 2.16 2.52 $25.82 $53,710
Victoria, TX 100 2.11 2.46 $24.55 $51,060
Jackson, TN 120 2.08 2.42 $17.47 $36,340




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)
Salinas, CA 80 0.50 0.58 $42.68 $88,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.78 0.91 $39.06 $81,240
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 150 0.87 1.01 $35.73 $74,310
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 660 0.81 0.94 $35.59 $74,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.86 1.00 $35.50 $73,850
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 300 0.55 0.64 $35.27 $73,360
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.55 $71,850
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 180 0.76 0.89 $34.45 $71,650
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.76 0.88 $34.43 $71,620
Waterbury, CT 100 1.58 1.83 $33.90 $70,510

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.89 1.03 $22.08 $45,920
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.00 1.16 $22.29 $46,370
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 250 1.74 2.03 $19.11 $39,760
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 0.94 1.10 $23.51 $48,900
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 0.82 0.96 $24.05 $50,010

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)
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 110 2.19 2.54 $22.64 $47,080
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 250 1.74 2.03 $19.11 $39,760
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 100 1.48 1.72 $31.86 $66,280
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 150 1.39 1.62 $21.86 $45,470
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 170 1.36 1.58 $21.21 $44,120

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 0.85 $33.91 $70,530
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.77 0.90 $31.95 $66,450
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 100 1.48 1.72 $31.86 $66,280
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 70 1.11 1.29 $30.17 $62,760
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.45 0.52 $29.00 $60,310


About May 2010 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 mean 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:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011