As of May 2014, the average Respiratory Therapists brought home just shy of $56,730 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But earnings vary greatly by location, as employers must offer higher wages in certain areas of the country to attract qualified candidates. On average, the highest wages paid in Respiratory Therapists were in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Alaska.
Salary: $41,380 – $78,230
Min. Education: Associate’s degree
Job Outlook 2014-24: 12% (Much faster than average)
Related Careers: Speech-Language Pathologists, Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Physical Therapists.
|Lowest Paying States for Respiratory Therapists|
|4. West Virginia||$22.91|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data extracted on February 13, 2016