Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
13,940 2.1 % $22.76 $47,330 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.79 $18.23 $22.28 $27.27 $32.41
Annual Wage (2) $30,770 $37,910 $46,350 $56,730 $67,400


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,540 0.22 $22.98 $47,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 500 0.23 $25.85 $53,760
Consumer Goods Rental 440 0.24 $19.18 $39,900
Offices of Physicians 330 0.01 $21.00 $43,690
Home Health Care Services 220 0.02 $18.56 $38,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Consumer Goods Rental 440 0.24 $19.18 $39,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 500 0.23 $25.85 $53,760
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,540 0.22 $22.98 $47,810
Home Health Care Services 220 0.02 $18.56 $38,600
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 140 0.02 $19.29 $40,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 500 0.23 $25.85 $53,760
Employment Services 130 (7) $23.66 $49,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,540 0.22 $22.98 $47,810
Outpatient Care Centers 70 0.01 $21.85 $45,450
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) $21.77 $45,280


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,150 0.11 1.03 $21.70 $45,130
Florida 1,150 0.16 1.48 $23.11 $48,070
California 900 0.06 0.59 $25.07 $52,150
Pennsylvania 810 0.15 1.35 $24.46 $50,870
Michigan 620 0.16 1.50 $21.93 $45,610




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 360 0.32 2.94 $19.13 $39,790
Hawaii 160 0.27 2.49 $26.25 $54,600
West Virginia 170 0.24 2.19 $19.32 $40,190
Louisiana 450 0.24 2.24 $22.59 $46,990
Mississippi 240 0.22 2.07 $16.94 $35,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 150 0.14 1.26 $34.88 $72,550
Maryland 350 0.14 1.29 $32.26 $67,110
Connecticut 100 0.06 0.59 $29.42 $61,200
New Jersey 360 0.10 0.88 $28.66 $59,620
New York 470 0.06 0.51 $27.74 $57,700





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 390 0.17 1.59 $21.88 $45,510
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 350 0.36 3.28 $23.58 $49,040
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.07 0.62 $29.52 $61,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.15 1.39 $28.82 $59,940
Baltimore-Towson, MD 270 0.22 1.99 $33.37 $69,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 250 0.15 1.34 $26.11 $54,300
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 230 0.22 2.07 $22.45 $46,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.56 $22.60 $47,010
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.18 1.65 $22.87 $47,560
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 220 0.20 1.82 $23.65 $49,180




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tyler, TX 80 0.93 8.57 $19.78 $41,150
Florence, SC 70 0.85 7.79 $23.87 $49,650
Sherman-Denison, TX 30 0.78 7.19 $21.20 $44,090
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 30 0.65 5.96 $21.10 $43,880
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 140 0.41 3.75 $19.31 $40,160
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 350 0.36 3.28 $23.58 $49,040
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 70 0.34 3.10 $25.66 $53,380
Montgomery, AL 50 0.33 3.01 $18.91 $39,330
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.29 2.62 $22.18 $46,140
Tulsa, OK 110 0.28 2.59 $18.66 $38,800




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 140 0.18 1.64 $35.13 $73,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 270 0.22 1.99 $33.37 $69,400
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 340 0.07 0.62 $29.52 $61,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.44 $29.36 $61,070
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.15 1.39 $28.82 $59,940
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.44 $28.80 $59,900
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 60 0.12 1.12 $28.53 $59,350
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 0.84 $28.05 $58,350
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.36 $56,920
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.20 $56,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 5.33 $20.35 $42,330
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 3.95 $20.07 $41,740
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 1.49 $17.65 $36,710
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.32 $19.00 $39,520
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.62 $18.36 $38,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 5.33 $20.35 $42,330
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 4.84 $21.84 $45,420
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 4.63 $24.72 $51,410
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 3.95 $20.07 $41,740
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.69 $18.35 $38,160

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 4.63 $24.72 $51,410
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.77 $24.01 $49,940
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 2.10 $23.45 $48,780
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.65 $23.07 $47,990
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 1.58 $22.26 $46,300


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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