Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
10,610 3.2 % $23.46 $48,800 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.03 $18.72 $22.98 $28.13 $33.56
Annual Wage (2) $31,260 $38,940 $47,810 $58,520 $69,800


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 9,030 0.17 $23.69 $49,280
Consumer Goods Rental 440 0.27 $20.39 $42,410
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $24.09 $50,110
Offices of Physicians 220 0.01 $30.38 $63,180
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 170 0.01 $23.33 $48,530

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 0.27 $20.39 $42,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,030 0.17 $23.69 $49,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $24.09 $50,110
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 170 0.01 $23.33 $48,530
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 70 0.01 $16.63 $34,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 220 0.01 $30.38 $63,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $24.09 $50,110
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,030 0.17 $23.69 $49,280
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $23.61 $49,110
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 170 0.01 $23.33 $48,530


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 1,180 0.11 1.34 $24.38 $50,710
Florida 840 0.11 1.40 $21.35 $44,410
California 600 0.04 0.51 $31.92 $66,380
Missouri 540 0.20 2.55 $23.39 $48,660
Louisiana 500 0.26 3.34 $22.48 $46,760




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)
Louisiana 500 0.26 3.34 $22.48 $46,760
Vermont 80 0.25 3.25 $24.39 $50,730
Hawaii 150 0.25 3.21 $26.96 $56,080
Arkansas 280 0.24 3.08 $19.55 $40,660
Alabama 450 0.24 3.11 $19.35 $40,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 40 0.04 0.46 $32.84 $68,310
California 600 0.04 0.51 $31.92 $66,380
Washington 200 0.07 0.87 $28.65 $59,590
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.62 $28.51 $59,310
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $27.57 $57,350





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 290 0.08 0.98 $22.74 $47,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 280 0.16 1.98 $24.00 $49,930
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 280 0.36 4.64 $20.15 $41,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 0.81 $35.04 $72,890
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.23 2.92 $24.81 $51,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.04 0.50 $27.95 $58,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 210 0.09 1.19 $27.18 $56,540
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 200 0.11 1.36 $25.77 $53,600
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 2.69 $28.07 $58,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 180 0.06 0.82 $24.10 $50,120




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)
Mobile, AL 60 0.37 4.74 $21.08 $43,840
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 280 0.36 4.64 $20.15 $41,920
Montgomery, AL 60 0.35 4.50 $19.87 $41,320
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.30 3.80 $23.69 $49,280
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 40 0.27 3.43 $22.97 $47,780
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 80 0.25 3.13 $19.06 $39,640
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.23 2.92 $24.81 $51,600
Honolulu, HI 100 0.23 2.97 $27.15 $56,470
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 2.69 $28.07 $58,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 280 0.16 1.98 $24.00 $49,930




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 0.81 $35.04 $72,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 50 0.04 0.52 $31.29 $65,080
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.36 $30.71 $63,880
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.59 $29.12 $60,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.04 0.57 $29.04 $60,410
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 90 0.09 1.15 $28.79 $59,880
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 2.69 $28.07 $58,380
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.04 0.50 $27.95 $58,130
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.50 $27.49 $57,170
Baltimore-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $27.48 $57,160

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)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 11.06 $18.28 $38,030
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.27 3.47 $21.86 $45,470
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 6.26 $21.77 $45,280
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 8.61 $20.32 $42,270
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 9.71 $21.75 $45,240

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)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.87 11.06 $18.28 $38,030
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 9.71 $21.75 $45,240
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 8.61 $20.32 $42,270
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 6.62 $18.29 $38,050
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 6.38 $19.33 $40,200

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 2.52 $24.61 $51,180
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.87 $22.31 $46,410
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.27 3.47 $21.86 $45,470
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 6.26 $21.77 $45,280
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 9.71 $21.75 $45,240


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015