How much does a Certified Respiratory Therapist make in the United States? The average Certified Respiratory Therapist salary in the United States is $71,369 as of May 28, 2024, but the range typically falls between $63,587 and $78,087. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Certified Respiratory Therapist Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Certified Respiratory Therapist Salary $56,502 US May 28, 2024
25th Percentile Certified Respiratory Therapist Salary $63,587 US May 28, 2024
50th Percentile Certified Respiratory Therapist Salary $71,369 US May 28, 2024
75th Percentile Certified Respiratory Therapist Salary $78,087 US May 28, 2024
90th Percentile Certified Respiratory Therapist Salary $84,202 US May 28, 2024
25% $63,587 10% $56,502 90% $84,202 75% $78,087 $71,369 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Certified Respiratory Therapist need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Communicates Effectively: Effective communication is the process of exchanging ideas, thoughts, opinions, knowledge, and data so that the message is received and understood with clarity and purpose.

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Critical Care: Critical care is sometimes referred as intensive care. Intensive care medicine, or critical care medicine, is a branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions that may require sophisticated life support and intensive monitoring. An intensivist is a physician who specializes in the care of critically ill patients, most often in the intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists can be internists or internal medicine sub-specialists (most often pulmonologists), anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, pediatricians (including neonatologists), or surgeons who have completed a fellowship in critical care medicine.

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Patient Safety: Patient safety is a discipline and responsibility that emphasizes safety in health care through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical error that often leads to adverse effects. The frequency and magnitude of avoidable adverse events experienced by patients was not well known until the 1990s, when multiple countries reported staggering numbers of patients harmed and killed by medical errors. Recognizing that healthcare errors impact 1 in every 10 patients around the world, the World Health Organization calls patient safety an endemic concern. Indeed, patient safety has emerged as a distinct healthcare discipline supported by an immature yet developing scientific framework. There is a significant transdisciplinary body of theoretical and research literature that informs the science of patient safety. At the same time, efforts are being made to anchor patient safety more firmly in medical education. The resulting patient safety knowledge continually informs improvement efforts such as: applying lessons learned from business and industry, adopting innovative technologies, educating providers and consumers, enhancing error reporting systems, and developing new economic incentives.

Communicates Effectively 1.72%
Critical Care 2.43%
Patient Safety 1.28%
Others 94.57%
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Job Description for Certified Respiratory Therapist

Certified Respiratory Therapist assists in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with pulmonary disorders. Collects and analyzes sputum, blood, and breath specimens to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases. Being a Certified Respiratory Therapist also measures the lung capacity of a patient to determine if there is an impairment. Requires an associate degree and a credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). Additionally, Certified Respiratory Therapist may be expected to maintain a CPR certification. Typically reports to a manager. Certified Respiratory Therapist's years of experience requirement may be unspecified. Certification and/or licensing in the position's specialty is the main requirement. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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  • Respiratory Therapy. Full Time Nights: 12 hour shifts *6:30pm-6:30am. What we offer. $10,000 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENTS. Health Insurance Eligibility 1st of t...
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  • Nemours is seeking a Respiratory Therapist to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Wilmington, DE. This position is responsible for: Providing, und...
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  • At Owens & Minor, we are a critical part of the healthcare process. As a Fortune 500 company with 50+ facilities across the US and 18,000 teammates in over...
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  • At Owens & Minor, we are a critical part of the healthcare process. As a Fortune 500 company with 50+ facilities across the US and 18,000 teammates in over...
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  • Nemours is seeking a Respiratory Therapist to join our Nemours Children's Hospital team in Wilmington, DE. This position is responsible for: Providing, und...
    - 2 Months Ago

Career Path for Certified Respiratory Therapist

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Certified Respiratory Therapist, the first career path typically progresses to Hyperbaric Technician.

Additionally, the second career path typically starts with a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor position, and then progresses to Respiratory Care Manager.

Those that have already made the climb...
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Certified Respiratory Therapist salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Certified Respiratory Therapist, the highest Certified Respiratory Therapist salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Certified Respiratory Therapist salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Certified Respiratory Therapist salary is in Miami, FL, where the Certified Respiratory Therapist salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-3.5%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-1.3%

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