Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

29-1126 Respiratory Therapists

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

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)
94,500 1.5 % $21.79 $45,310 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.85 $18.47 $21.24 $25.15 $28.34
Annual Wage (2) $32,970 $38,420 $44,180 $52,320 $58,940

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 73,170 $21.71 $45,160
Other hospitals 3,160 $21.41 $44,540
Offices of other health practitioners 2,560 $21.68 $45,090
Offices of physicians 2,520 $24.17 $50,270
Nursing care facilities 2,460 $22.00 $45,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment services 1,290 $25.97 $54,010
Offices of physicians 2,520 $24.17 $50,270
Colleges and universities (7) $23.25 $48,350
Home health care services 1,270 $22.79 $47,400
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 60 $22.66 $47,130

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
Indiana 3,290 $20.48 $42,600 0.114%
Louisiana 1,960 $19.67 $40,910 0.105%
Ohio 5,300 $20.44 $42,520 0.100%
Mississippi 1,100 $18.35 $38,170 0.100%
West Virginia 680 $18.72 $38,940 0.098%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 10,660 $26.04 $54,150 0.073%
New York 4,510 $25.60 $53,250 0.054%
Maryland 1,470 $25.52 $53,090 0.059%
New Jersey 1,980 $25.32 $52,670 0.051%
Alaska 150 $24.82 $51,620 0.051%

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
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 460 $22.84 $47,520 0.226%
Rochester, MN MSA 180 $24.90 $51,790 0.207%
Toledo, OH MSA 560 $20.67 $42,990 0.182%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 110 $19.20 $39,930 0.172%
Tucson, AZ MSA 600 $17.49 $36,390 0.171%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 530 $31.80 $66,140 0.062%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 670 $29.39 $61,140 0.055%
Oakland, CA PMSA 710 $28.75 $59,790 0.071%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 550 $28.56 $59,400 0.058%
Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 110 $28.38 $59,020 0.079%

About November 2004 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) Estimate not released.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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