Employment and Financial Outlook

Average Salary for Respiratory Therapists

The projected average salary for RTs Working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year.

So, the chance to connect with patients and families, the opportunity to challenge your mind with high tech patient care, variety on the job, lots of places to work, and a career ladder that can’t be beat—it looks like respiratory care really does have it all.

But what about the employment and financial outlook? We have that covered too!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade.

While U.S. employment in general is forecast to increase by 5%, the need for RTs will grow by up to 21%!

The reason for this excellent job outlook is primarily because the aging baby boom generation will increase the number of older people, who tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and who often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging.


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