Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
10,000 3.1 % $23.90 $49,720 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.78 $18.84 $23.31 $28.81 $34.76
Annual Wage (2) $30,750 $39,180 $48,490 $59,920 $72,300


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 8,160 0.15 $24.13 $50,200
Consumer Goods Rental 440 0.28 $19.66 $40,890
Offices of Physicians 360 0.01 $29.49 $61,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.11 $23.45 $48,770
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 230 0.01 $23.35 $48,570

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 0.28 $19.66 $40,890
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,160 0.15 $24.13 $50,200
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.11 $23.45 $48,770
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 230 0.01 $23.35 $48,570
Home Health Care Services 140 0.01 $19.08 $39,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 360 0.01 $29.49 $61,340
Employment Services (8) (8) $26.68 $55,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,160 0.15 $24.13 $50,200
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.11 $23.45 $48,770
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 230 0.01 $23.35 $48,570


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 0.10 1.37 $24.06 $50,040
Florida 690 0.09 1.20 $21.63 $44,990
California 650 0.04 0.58 $32.58 $67,770
Missouri 600 0.22 3.03 $23.88 $49,680
Illinois 480 0.08 1.14 $21.64 $45,020




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)
Mississippi 320 0.29 3.94 $23.19 $48,240
Louisiana 460 0.24 3.27 $21.57 $44,870
Arkansas 270 0.23 3.21 $19.78 $41,140
West Virginia 160 0.22 3.08 $22.18 $46,130
Missouri 600 0.22 3.03 $23.88 $49,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 650 0.04 0.58 $32.58 $67,770
Nevada 110 0.09 1.22 $31.00 $64,490
New Jersey 160 0.04 0.56 $28.73 $59,750
Maryland 350 0.14 1.88 $27.83 $57,890
Rhode Island 40 0.08 1.08 $27.60 $57,410





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)
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 340 0.44 6.04 $20.58 $42,810
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.23 3.19 $27.77 $57,760
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 280 0.09 1.30 $25.14 $52,290
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.27 3.71 $25.46 $52,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.06 0.87 $36.29 $75,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 250 0.13 1.83 $25.32 $52,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.87 $21.59 $44,910
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.44 $29.65 $61,660
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.09 1.19 $26.32 $54,740
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 150 0.27 3.68 $21.89 $45,530




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)
Morgantown, WV 40 0.64 8.81 $19.77 $41,130
Tyler, TX 60 0.61 8.46 $23.92 $49,750
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 340 0.44 6.04 $20.58 $42,810
Mobile, AL 60 0.35 4.85 $21.51 $44,740
Lafayette, LA 60 0.30 4.12 $20.24 $42,090
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 40 0.28 3.92 $22.16 $46,090
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 150 0.27 3.68 $21.89 $45,530
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 90 0.27 3.73 $19.21 $39,950
Kansas City, MO-KS 270 0.27 3.71 $25.46 $52,960
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.23 3.19 $27.77 $57,760




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 0.87 $36.29 $75,480
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.58 $35.18 $73,180
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.39 $32.71 $68,030
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.68 $32.22 $67,010
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.65 $31.49 $65,500
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.40 $29.93 $62,260
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 210 0.03 0.44 $29.65 $61,660
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.66 $59,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 70 0.04 0.54 $27.89 $58,020
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.23 3.19 $27.77 $57,760

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 80 0.78 10.71 $19.46 $40,470
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 4.54 $22.74 $47,310
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 3.60 $18.57 $38,630
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 4.00 $17.90 $37,230
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.94 $20.83 $43,320

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 80 0.78 10.71 $19.46 $40,470
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 6.58 $20.41 $42,460
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 4.54 $22.74 $47,310
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 4.53 $21.12 $43,930
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.94 $20.83 $43,320

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)
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.80 $51,590
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 2.08 $23.82 $49,550
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 2.19 $23.72 $49,330
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 4.54 $22.74 $47,310
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.58 $46,970


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016