Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
120,330 1.0 % $28.67 $59,640 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.18 $23.44 $27.78 $33.40 $38.67
Annual Wage (2) $41,970 $48,750 $57,790 $69,470 $80,440


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 91,200 1.73 $28.65 $59,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 7,170 2.88 $29.05 $60,420
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,010 0.30 $28.94 $60,200
Offices of Physicians 3,380 0.13 $29.12 $60,570
Consumer Goods Rental 2,480 1.57 $26.21 $54,510

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 7,170 2.88 $29.05 $60,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 91,200 1.73 $28.65 $59,590
Consumer Goods Rental 2,480 1.57 $26.21 $54,510
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,010 0.30 $28.94 $60,200
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,590 0.20 $28.30 $58,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,320 0.18 $33.02 $68,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $32.75 $68,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 120 (7) $32.07 $66,710
Employment Services 1,560 0.04 $31.63 $65,800
Home Health Care Services 1,640 0.13 $29.28 $60,900


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 14,690 0.95 1.09 $38.16 $79,370
Texas 10,890 0.94 1.08 $27.14 $56,450
Florida 7,800 0.98 1.13 $26.30 $54,700
Ohio 5,860 1.11 1.27 $25.83 $53,720
New York 5,830 0.65 0.74 $33.46 $69,590



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)
Mississippi 1,550 1.40 1.61 $23.17 $48,180
Kentucky 2,380 1.29 1.48 $23.00 $47,850
West Virginia 850 1.20 1.37 $23.45 $48,770
Tennessee 3,390 1.20 1.38 $23.90 $49,700
Alabama 2,170 1.15 1.32 $22.56 $46,930



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,690 0.95 1.09 $38.16 $79,370
New Jersey 3,050 0.78 0.89 $34.21 $71,160
Alaska 170 0.53 0.61 $34.11 $70,950
Nevada 990 0.80 0.92 $33.71 $70,120
Massachusetts 2,540 0.75 0.86 $33.64 $69,970




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 4,350 1.06 1.21 $35.99 $74,850
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,310 0.66 0.76 $35.63 $74,100
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,190 0.89 1.02 $26.64 $55,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,350 0.80 0.92 $27.96 $58,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.90 1.03 $28.26 $58,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,890 0.76 0.87 $26.73 $55,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,600 0.85 0.98 $26.99 $56,130
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,360 1.01 1.15 $35.20 $73,220
Pittsburgh, PA 1,350 1.19 1.37 $25.44 $52,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,340 1.03 1.18 $34.05 $70,830