Respiratory Therapist Wages & Salary by City

Respiratory therapist wages and salaries vary widely from city to city. Factors that affect salary and wages for respiratory therapists at the city level include local demand for respiratory therapy services, local business costs, living costs, and city population age and density. Non-city-related factors might include the facility of employment as well as the respiratory therapist’s education level, experience, and job duties.

Here are salary and wage figures for respiratory therapists for major US cities, based on 2012 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Respiratory Therapist Salary, City by City

City Lowest Salary Medial Salary Highest Salary Average Salary
Albany, NY $48,650 $60,270 $74,160 $60,420
Albuquerque, NM $43,350 $54,830 $68,530 $54,710
Anchorage, AK $55,360 $68,420 $77,280 $67,470
Ann Arbor, MI $37,600 $52,680 $66,780 $51,910
Atlanta, GA $41,160 $52,930 $68,950 $53,150
Austin, TX $41,030 $54,160 $69,720 $53,950
Baltimore, MD $50,780 $64,660 $75,880 $64,550
Boise, ID $40,870 $53,920 $70,850 $54,360
Boston, MA $51,100 $67,850 $89,680 $68,350
Boulder, CO $45,440 $56,250 $71,150 $56,620
Buffalo, NY $40,260 $56,350 $71,850 $55,730
Cedar Rapids, IA $38,970 $46,990 $63,910 $49,110
Charleston, SC $45,060 $60,140 $75,350 $59,900
Charleston, WV $34,280 $43,830 $57,720 $44,570
Charlotte, NC $40,910 $51,680 $61,870 $51,430
Chicago, IL $42,020 $54,880 $70,320 $54,820
Cincinnati, OH $40,150 $53,560 $71,400 $53,920
Dallas, TX $44,180 $55,830 $71,360 $56,420
Dayton, OH $42,270 $53,210 $64,480 $53,100
Denver, CO $44,680 $56,390 $72,310 $57,000
Detroit, MI $42,220 $53,570 $65,730 $53,400
Fort Lauderdale, FL $42,000 $54,470 $70,990 $54,720
Gary, IN $40,930 $55,210 $70,330 $54,690
Hartford, CT $49,650 $65,200 $75,790 $63,690
Honolulu, HI $52,420 $68,050 $76,440 $66,350
Houston, TX $44,430 $55,930 $71,800 $56,550
Jackson, MS $41,860 $53,740 $69,750 $54,160
Jacksonville, FL $41,730 $52,730 $61,610 $52,250
Kansas City, MO $39,530 $50,180 $61,780 $50,280
Knoxville, TN $36,770 $45,330 $57,740 $45,900
Las Vegas, NV $52,510 $70,930 $91,820 $71,070
Little Rock, AR $40,470 $50,750 $65,540 $51,560
Los Angeles, CA $53,730 $69,000 $87,560 $68,890
Louisville, KY $37,740 $47,520 $59,840 $48,100
Madison, WI $44,560 $56,500 $72,380 $56,960
Miami, FL $40,340 $53,350 $73,960 $57,110
Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN $50,330 $63,690 $74,120 $61,910
Mobile, AL $38,610 $45,400 $57,500 $45,730
Myrtle Beach, SC $40,450 $49,780 $58,630 $49,440
Nashville, TN $35,250 $49,770 $67,160 $49,950
New Orleans, LA $41,050 $54,040 $70,000 $54,460
New York, NY $58,370 $69,370 $84,930 $69,210
Newark, NJ $53,710 $66,890 $76,480 $66,090
Oklahoma City, OK $37,710 $47,870 $63,630 $49,190
Philadelphia, PA $46,530 $60,230 $73,460 $59,550
Phoenix, AZ $41,230 $52,450 $66,690 $52,850
Pittsburgh, PA $39,780 $51,240 $66,470 $51,530
Portland, ME $42,550 $53,820 $66,750 $53,810
Portland, OR $51,700 $65,320 $75,300 $63,920
Reno, NV $42,110 $64,670 $84,770 $62,670
Richmond, VA $44,120 $56,590 $71,650 $56,800
Sacramento, CA $64,010 $84,420 $108,570 $83,380
San Antonio, TX $41,280 $52,960 $60,970 $51,890
San Diego, CA $51,380 $67,060 $90,260 $67,950
San Francisco, CA $62,540 $84,540 $110,930 $83,970
Santa Fe, NM $44,370 $65,690 $74,380 $62,130
Savannah, GA $37,910 $48,450 $60,250 $48,620
Seattle, WA $50,740 $67,780 $87,310 $67,200
Springfield, IL $37,480 $48,940 $69,970 $51,010
St. Louis, MO $39,680 $51,690 $65,810 $51,510
Tacoma, WA $49,920 $57,830 $74,010 $59,350
Tampa, FL $41,520 $52,200 $63,360 $52,350
Topeka, KS $38,330 $50,080 $58,800 $49,000
Tucson, AZ $39,500 $51,150 $63,780 $51,250
Washington, DC $44,830 $62,750 $75,520 $60,620

Respiratory Therapist Wages, City by City

City Lowest Wage Median Wage Highest Wage Average Wage
Albany, NY $23.39 $28.98 $35.66 $29.05
Albuquerque, NM $20.84 $26.36 $32.95 $26.30
Anchorage, AK $26.61 $32.89 $37.16 $32.44
Ann Arbor, MI $18.08 $25.33 $32.10 $24.96
Atlanta, GA $19.79 $25.45 $33.15 $25.55
Austin, TX $19.73 $26.04 $33.52 $25.94
Baltimore, MD $24.41 $31.09 $36.48 $31.03
Boise, ID $19.65 $25.92 $34.06 $26.13
Boston, MA $24.57 $32.62 $43.12 $32.86
Boulder, CO $21.84 $27.04 $34.21 $27.22
Buffalo, NY $19.35 $27.09 $34.54 $26.79
Cedar Rapids, IA $18.74 $22.59 $30.73 $23.61
Charleston, SC $21.66 $28.92 $36.23 $28.80
Charleston, WV $16.48 $21.07 $27.75 $21.43
Charlotte, NC $19.67 $24.84 $29.75 $24.73
Chicago, IL $20.20 $26.38 $33.81 $26.35
Cincinnati, OH $19.30 $25.75 $34.33 $25.92
Dallas, TX $21.24 $26.84 $34.31 $27.13
Dayton, OH $20.32 $25.58 $31.00 $25.53
Denver, CO $21.48 $27.11 $34.77 $27.40
Detroit, MI $20.30 $25.76 $31.60 $25.67
Fort Lauderdale, FL $20.19 $26.19 $34.13 $26.31
Gary, IN $19.68 $26.54 $33.81 $26.29
Hartford, CT $23.87 $31.34 $36.44 $30.62
Honolulu, HI $25.20 $32.72 $36.75 $31.90
Houston, TX $21.36 $26.89 $34.52 $27.19
Jackson, MS $20.12 $25.84 $33.53 $26.04
Jacksonville, FL $20.06 $25.35 $29.62 $25.12
Kansas City, MO $19.01 $24.12 $29.70 $24.17
Knoxville, TN $17.68 $21.79 $27.76 $22.07
Las Vegas, NV $25.25 $34.10 $44.14 $34.17
Little Rock, AR $19.46 $24.40 $31.51 $24.79
Los Angeles, CA $25.83 $33.17 $42.10 $33.12
Louisville, KY $18.15 $22.84 $28.77 $23.12
Madison, WI $21.42 $27.16 $34.80 $27.38
Miami, FL $19.40 $25.65 $35.56 $27.46
Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN $24.20 $30.62 $35.63 $29.77
Mobile, AL $18.56 $21.83 $27.64 $21.99
Myrtle Beach, SC $19.45 $23.93 $28.19 $23.77
Nashville, TN $16.95 $23.93 $32.29 $24.01
New Orleans, LA $19.74 $25.98 $33.65 $26.18
New York, NY $28.06 $33.35 $40.83 $33.28
Newark, NJ $25.82 $32.16 $36.77 $31.78
Oklahoma City, OK $18.13 $23.01 $30.59 $23.65
Philadelphia, PA $22.37 $28.96 $35.32 $28.63
Phoenix, AZ $19.82 $25.22 $32.06 $25.41
Pittsburgh, PA $19.12 $24.64 $31.96 $24.77
Portland, ME $20.46 $25.88 $32.09 $25.87
Portland, OR $24.85 $31.41 $36.20 $30.73
Reno, NV $20.25 $31.09 $40.76 $30.13
Richmond, VA $21.21 $27.20 $34.45 $27.31
Sacramento, CA $30.78 $40.59 $52.20 $40.09
San Antonio, TX $19.85 $25.46 $29.31 $24.95
San Diego, CA $24.70 $32.24 $43.39 $32.67
San Francisco, CA $30.07 $40.64 $53.33 $40.37
Santa Fe, NM $21.33 $31.58 $35.76 $29.87
Savannah, GA $18.22 $23.29 $28.96 $23.38
Seattle, WA $24.39 $32.58 $41.98 $32.31
Springfield, IL $18.02 $23.53 $33.64 $24.52
St. Louis, MO $19.08 $24.85 $31.64 $24.76
Tacoma, WA $24.00 $27.80 $35.58 $28.53
Tampa, FL $19.96 $25.10 $30.46 $25.17
Topeka, KS $18.43 $24.08 $28.27 $23.56
Tucson, AZ $18.99 $24.59 $30.66 $24.64
Washington, DC $21.55 $30.17 $36.31 $29.14

Salary figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.

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