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Respiratory Therapist Wages & Pay

Respiratory therapists perform a wide variety of tasks related to helping patients who suffer from breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders such as emphysema, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

In order to become a respiratory therapist, a minimum of an associate’s degree is required, and almost all of the states require that respiratory therapists be licensed before beginning work.

Respiratory therapist wages vary, depending on several factors. First of all, education is a major factor that helps determine the pay rate as a respiratory therapist. Although an associate’s degree is required, those who choose to continue their education often earn a higher salary.

There are many educational opportunities that help increase pay rates, including bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that enable students to become more specialized in their field. The more specialized one’s education, the more opportunities there are for earning more money.

Another important factor in determining respiratory therapy income rates is the work environment. Most jobs for respiratory therapists are in hospitals, although others are available in places such as private practices, public health clinics, hospice care centers, and other locations.

Some of the larger hospitals are more likely to pay higher wages, although this is not universal. Some respiratory therapists work for private practices which also pay quite well. The average yearly earnings for respiratory therapists is between $45,000 and $60,000 yearly.

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