Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
15,100 2.2 % $21.96 $45,680 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.82 $17.28 $21.49 $26.37 $31.26
Annual Wage (2) $28,740 $35,930 $44,700 $54,850 $65,020


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 12,950 $22.19 $46,160
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 490 $23.13 $48,110
Offices of Physicians 310 $20.69 $43,040
Consumer Goods Rental 230 $16.85 $35,040
Employment Services 180 $22.97 $47,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 490 $23.13 $48,110
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 170 $23.03 $47,890
Employment Services 180 $22.97 $47,780
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 80 $22.95 $47,730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,950 $22.19 $46,160


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 Employment per thousand workers
Alabama 540 $17.80 $37,010 0.289
Louisiana 530 $21.72 $45,180 0.286
Kentucky 460 $19.83 $41,250 0.262
Arkansas 290 $18.74 $38,980 0.251
Maryland 610 $31.41 $65,340 0.245

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 210 $32.69 $67,990 0.174
Maryland 610 $31.41 $65,340 0.245
New Jersey 380 $28.84 $59,990 0.098
Vermont 40 $28.54 $59,360 0.134
New Hampshire 70 $27.79 $57,810 0.115


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 Employment per thousand workers
Mobile, AL 110 $19.42 $40,390 0.632
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 80 $22.12 $46,010 0.451
Montgomery, AL 60 $18.54 $38,560 0.388
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 210 $17.52 $36,450 0.342
Corpus Christi, TX 60 $18.92 $39,350 0.330

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 100 $33.59 $69,860 0.178
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 $33.08 $68,800 0.222
Baltimore-Towson, MD 350 $32.21 $67,000 0.277
Honolulu, HI 30 $31.24 $64,970 0.072
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 $29.35 $61,040 0.067


About May 2009 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 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: May 14, 2010

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