Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
13,460 2.4 % $22.84 $47,510 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.19 $18.51 $22.48 $27.24 $31.99
Annual Wage (2) $31,590 $38,510 $46,760 $56,670 $66,530


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 11,140 0.21 $23.13 $48,120
Consumer Goods Rental 560 0.33 $20.47 $42,580
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.15 $24.26 $50,460
Offices of Physicians 340 0.01 $21.87 $45,490
Home Health Care Services 190 0.02 $18.42 $38,320

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 560 0.33 $20.47 $42,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,140 0.21 $23.13 $48,120
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.15 $24.26 $50,460
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 180 0.03 $19.74 $41,070
Home Health Care Services 190 0.02 $18.42 $38,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 90 0.01 $28.73 $59,750
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.15 $24.26 $50,460
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) $24.06 $50,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,140 0.21 $23.13 $48,120
State Government (OES Designation) 70 (7) $23.07 $47,970


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 1,450 0.14 1.32 $23.57 $49,030
Florida 980 0.13 1.30 $22.31 $46,400
Pennsylvania 790 0.14 1.37 $22.60 $47,010
California 780 0.05 0.53 $24.69 $51,350
Michigan 650 0.17 1.60 $22.47 $46,730




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)
Vermont 90 0.32 3.10 $26.17 $54,440
Hawaii 170 0.29 2.77 $25.89 $53,860
Arkansas 320 0.28 2.72 $19.33 $40,210
Missouri 600 0.23 2.22 $23.13 $48,100
West Virginia 150 0.22 2.10 $19.98 $41,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 80 0.07 0.71 $34.09 $70,900
Connecticut 100 0.06 0.62 $30.22 $62,850
Maryland 230 0.09 0.91 $29.84 $62,060
New Jersey 350 0.09 0.88 $28.40 $59,070
Washington 210 0.07 0.72 $28.37 $59,000





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 380 0.17 1.62 $22.14 $46,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 310 0.18 1.75 $25.24 $52,500
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.14 1.37 $25.33 $52,690
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.06 0.56 $28.86 $60,030
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 2.31 $22.79 $47,410
St. Louis, MO-IL 250 0.20 1.92 $22.70 $47,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.60 $23.83 $49,560
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 2.10 $22.31 $46,410
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.11 1.09 $24.26 $50,450
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 200 0.18 1.71 $21.94 $45,640




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)
Sherman-Denison, TX 30 0.80 7.74 $21.61 $44,940
Florence, SC 60 0.79 7.66 $24.37 $50,690
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 30 0.62 5.99 $21.46 $44,640
Tyler, TX 40 0.40 3.90 $22.07 $45,910
Montgomery, AL 60 0.40 3.84 $19.42 $40,390
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 170 0.33 3.21 $22.84 $47,510
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 60 0.33 3.20 $26.13 $54,340
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 130 0.26 2.56 $17.04 $35,450
Honolulu, HI 110 0.25 2.47 $25.52 $53,080
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.24 2.31 $22.79 $47,410




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 70 0.09 0.87 $34.57 $71,910
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.20 1.89 $31.70 $65,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.82 $31.10 $64,690
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.27 $30.33 $63,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 200 0.16 1.52 $29.70 $61,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 300 0.06 0.56 $28.86 $60,030
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 80 0.08 0.79 $27.88 $57,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 80 0.06 0.60 $27.27 $56,730
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.22 2.14 $27.07 $56,300
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 80 0.10 0.98 $26.71 $55,570

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 2.56 $20.59 $42,830
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 5.05 $17.98 $37,410
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 4.15 $21.01 $43,700
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.85 $25.80 $53,660
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.16 1.53 $19.32 $40,180

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)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 60 0.71 6.89 $22.37 $46,520
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.85 $25.80 $53,660
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 5.05 $17.98 $37,410
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 4.72 $17.11 $35,580
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 4.50 $17.48 $36,350

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 3.63 $26.60 $55,330
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.85 $25.80 $53,660
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.02 $24.59 $51,140
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.09 $48,020
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.22 $23.01 $47,860


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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