Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
12,070 2.3 % $23.01 $47,850 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.17 $18.59 $22.61 $27.51 $32.44
Annual Wage (2) $31,550 $38,670 $47,040 $57,220 $67,470


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 10,000 0.19 $23.33 $48,530
Consumer Goods Rental 600 0.37 $20.62 $42,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 280 0.12 $24.82 $51,620
Home Health Care Services 230 0.02 $17.55 $36,500
Offices of Physicians 190 0.01 $22.02 $45,800

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 600 0.37 $20.62 $42,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,000 0.19 $23.33 $48,530
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 280 0.12 $24.82 $51,620
Home Health Care Services 230 0.02 $17.55 $36,500
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 130 0.02 $20.87 $43,400

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) 120 0.01 $29.19 $60,710
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) $25.85 $53,770
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 280 0.12 $24.82 $51,620
Employment Services 60 (7) $23.83 $49,560
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,000 0.19 $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 1,380 0.13 1.39 $24.37 $50,680
Florida 820 0.11 1.21 $20.96 $43,590
Pennsylvania 680 0.12 1.34 $22.93 $47,700
California 610 0.04 0.46 $26.56 $55,250
Illinois 530 0.09 1.01 $22.41 $46,620




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 100 0.33 3.63 $24.55 $51,050
Hawaii 160 0.27 2.92 $27.10 $56,360
Louisiana 490 0.26 2.87 $22.33 $46,450
Mississippi 250 0.23 2.55 $19.42 $40,390
Arkansas 260 0.22 2.47 $19.54 $40,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 50 0.04 0.46 $34.33 $71,410
Maryland 160 0.06 0.71 $31.20 $64,900
Connecticut 100 0.06 0.66 $30.09 $62,580
New Jersey 230 0.06 0.67 $29.10 $60,520
Washington 200 0.07 0.79 $28.21 $58,680





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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 340 0.19 2.09 $26.11 $54,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 320 0.15 1.61 $26.45 $55,010
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 290 0.05 0.60 $29.14 $60,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.81 $23.81 $49,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.13 1.44 $25.47 $52,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.64 $25.43 $52,900
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 230 0.32 3.46 $19.10 $39,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 200 0.15 1.67 $23.09 $48,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 200 0.17 1.87 $22.07 $45,900
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 190 0.17 1.92 $22.00 $45,760




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)
Lake Havasu City - Kingman, AZ 70 1.48 16.30 $22.17 $46,110
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 1.06 11.62 $24.17 $50,270
Florence, SC 70 0.81 8.88 $24.85 $51,680
Montgomery, AL 70 0.45 4.97 $19.83 $41,240
Mobile, AL 60 0.37 4.01 $21.13 $43,960
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 230 0.32 3.46 $19.10 $39,720
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 160 0.30 3.28 $23.10 $48,050
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 30 0.29 3.16 $23.76 $49,430
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 80 0.24 2.66 $19.12 $39,770
Tulsa, OK 100 0.23 2.54 (8) (8)




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 40 0.05 0.56 $35.75 $74,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.67 $32.03 $66,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 130 0.10 1.08 $31.19 $64,880
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.29 $31.00 $64,470
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.05 0.53 $29.30 $60,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 290 0.05 0.60 $29.14 $60,600
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 70 0.07 0.80 $28.99 $60,290
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.20 2.24 $27.90 $58,020
Honolulu, HI 100 0.22 2.46 $27.07 $56,310
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.10 1.10 $26.46 $55,040

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 100 0.87 9.56 $16.96 $35,270
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 3.20 $21.49 $44,690
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 80 0.94 10.30 $22.06 $45,890
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 7.63 $19.99 $41,580
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 5.27 $22.03 $45,820

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 80 0.94 10.30 $22.06 $45,890
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.87 9.56 $16.96 $35,270
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.69 7.63 $19.99 $41,580
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 5.27 $22.03 $45,820
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 5.31 $22.53 $46,850

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 4.15 $27.14 $56,440
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.28 $54,650
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 2.10 $24.08 $50,090
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.30 $23.37 $48,600
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 2.07 $22.80 $47,430


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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