Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians

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

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
25,530 3.8 % $17.64 $36,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.57 $14.32 $17.29 $20.75 $24.71
Annual Wage (2) $24,060 $29,790 $35,960 $43,160 $51,400

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 22,000 $17.72 $36,850
Consumer goods rental 530 $16.94 $35,230
Offices of physicians 510 $16.50 $34,320
Offices of other health practitioners 440 $14.85 $30,890
Home health care services 240 $15.29 $31,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 190 $24.90 $51,800
Employment services 80 $20.15 $41,920
Other hospitals (7) $18.41 $38,300
Outpatient care centers (7) $18.11 $37,680
General medical and surgical hospitals 22,000 $17.72 $36,850

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
Delaware 270 $27.13 $56,440 0.067%
Louisiana 940 $17.11 $35,590 0.051%
Kentucky 830 $14.77 $30,720 0.048%
Illinois 2,700 $18.36 $38,190 0.047%
Pennsylvania 1,740 $18.23 $37,920 0.032%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Delaware 270 $27.13 $56,440 0.067%
Maryland 510 $24.17 $50,270 0.021%
New Jersey 900 $21.34 $44,380 0.023%
Hawaii 130 $20.40 $42,430 0.023%
Idaho (7) $20.34 $42,300 (7)

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
Altoona, PA MSA 50 $16.11 $33,520 0.085%
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 250 $27.68 $57,570 0.082%
New Orleans, LA MSA 440 $17.71 $36,850 0.073%
Florence, SC MSA 40 $15.56 $32,370 0.064%
Chicago, IL PMSA 2,220 $19.08 $39,680 0.056%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Wilmington-Newark, DE-MD PMSA 250 $27.68 $57,570 0.082%
Baltimore, MD PMSA 340 $24.83 $51,650 0.028%
Newark, NJ PMSA 220 $24.24 $50,420 0.023%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 40 $22.82 $47,460 0.018%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 40 $22.34 $46,460 0.028%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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