Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Provide specific, well defined respiratory care procedures under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

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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)
26,220 1.9 % $16.79 $34,930 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.17 $13.68 $16.41 $19.78 $22.98
Annual Wage (2) $23,230 $28,460 $34,130 $41,140 $47,800

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 22,850 $16.87 $35,080 1 7
Offices of physicians 560 $16.71 $34,750 2 8
Other hospitals 520 $17.25 $35,890 3 5
Offices of other health practitioners 490 $15.17 $31,550 4 11
Consumer goods rental 420 $15.07 $31,340 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 160 $20.94 $43,560 9 1
Employment services 80 $18.20 $37,860 13 2
Nursing care facilities 180 $17.81 $37,040 7 3
Outpatient care centers 100 $17.52 $36,440 10 4
Other hospitals 520 $17.25 $35,890 3 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware 240 $26.43 $54,960 0.060% 97
Louisiana 1,050 $15.53 $32,290 0.057% 302
Kentucky 830 $14.21 $29,550 0.048% 311
Tennessee 870 $15.70 $32,660 0.033% 308
Missouri 880 $14.80 $30,780 0.033% 362

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware 240 $26.43 $54,960 0.060% 97
Maryland 620 $23.91 $49,730 0.026% 156
New Jersey 1,040 $20.64 $42,940 0.027% 297
Oregon 270 $19.84 $41,270 0.017% 209
California 1,590 $19.83 $41,250 0.011% 323

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Houma, LA MSA 80 $14.35 $29,840 0.099%
Alexandria, LA MSA 40 $15.49 $32,220 0.073%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 220 $27.04 $56,240 0.072%
Monroe, LA MSA 50 $15.82 $32,910 0.069%
Lafayette, LA MSA 110 $13.96 $29,050 0.067%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 220 $27.04 $56,240 0.072%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 360 $24.36 $50,670 0.030%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 40 $21.44 $44,580 0.019%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 130 $21.30 $44,310 0.014%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 200 $21.30 $44,310 0.032%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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