Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2007

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)
101,180 1.2 % $24.49 $50,930 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.62 $20.57 $24.07 $28.38 $32.06
Annual Wage (2) $36,650 $42,780 $50,070 $59,040 $66,680

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 76,810 $24.42 $50,790
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,800 $24.98 $51,960
Nursing Care Facilities 3,790 $24.04 $50,000
Employment Services 3,570 $29.05 $60,420
Consumer Goods Rental 2,100 $21.07 $43,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Junior Colleges 90 $35.20 $73,210
Employment Services 3,570 $29.05 $60,420
Local Government (OES designation) (8) $28.12 $58,500
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 1,590 $25.80 $53,670
Outpatient Care Centers 740 $25.31 $52,630

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alabama 2,220 $20.71 $43,080 0.115%
West Virginia 760 $20.71 $43,080 0.107%
Mississippi 1,180 $20.26 $42,130 0.105%
Nebraska 930 $22.98 $47,800 0.102%
Louisiana 1,880 $21.76 $45,260 0.102%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
California 11,510 $29.72 $61,810 0.076%
New Jersey 2,210 $29.16 $60,660 0.056%
Hawaii 300 $28.92 $60,150 0.049%
Nevada 680 $28.88 $60,060 0.053%
New York 5,310 $28.61 $59,500 0.062%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Odessa, TX 150 $19.98 $41,570 0.261%
Macon, GA 230 $22.52 $46,850 0.232%
Lima, OH 120 $21.22 $44,130 0.224%
Flint, MI 280 $24.30 $50,550 0.190%
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 $20.12 $41,860 0.190%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Salinas, CA 70 $36.68 $76,290 0.045%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 520 $36.01 $74,900 0.057%
Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 230 $33.46 $69,610 0.040%
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 $32.73 $68,080 0.064%
Salisbury, MD 50 $32.56 $67,720 0.094%

About May 2007 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2007 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2007 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 3, 2008

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