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Respiratory Therapist Salaries

Job Outlook

The job outlook for respiratory therapists is expected to be very good for the next several years.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of available jobs for respiratory therapists is expected to grow at a rate of 16 percent annually, which is faster than many other occupations.


Currently, respiratory therapist salaries range from between $45,000 to $53,000 on average, though therapists with experience can sometimes earn as much as $60,000 annually.

Respiratory therapist pay can depend on a variety of factors including educational background, years of experience and organization.

Traveling Therapists

Traveling respiratory therapists for instance often get higher than average salaries and a number of other benefits such as free housing and even expense reimbursement in some cases.

Career Advancement

From a career advancement standpoint, respiratory therapists usually begin in general care environments and then advance to positions of greater responsibility.

For instance, relatively experienced respiratory therapists often are put in charge of caring for critically or chronically ill patients, and those with severe problems with organs such as the kidney, lungs or the heart.


Those with a formal undergraduate college degree or a master’s degree, and a few years of experience, often get put into managerial or supervisory roles within their departments.

Individuals in such roles can command significantly higher salaries than they would expect to make otherwise. Another career advancement option that is available for experienced respiratory therapists  is to get into teaching and training roles.

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