Respiratory therapists

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2019 Workforce
117k
Average Age
43.3
Estimated Job Growth
19.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$62,949
Average Male Salary
$77,458
Average Female Salary
$56,043

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Respiratory therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Respiratory therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Respiratory therapists, by average wage, is Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. Respiratory therapists are paid most in Greater Fort Myers City PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Oklahoma City (West) PUMA, OK.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$62,949
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,901

In 2019, Respiratory therapists earned an average of $62,949, $7,425 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants make somewhat more than Respiratory therapists while Aircraft mechanics & service technicians make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Respiratory therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.246
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Respiratory therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.246, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Respiratory therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Respiratory therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Respiratory therapists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

117k
2019 Workforce
± 8,381
5.05%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.8%

The number of people employed as Respiratory therapists has been growing at a rate of 5.05%, from 111,020 people in 2018 to 116,623 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Respiratory therapists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Respiratory therapists at  86.1%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 2.22% and Offices of physicians with 1.99%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Respiratory therapists in the US. The average age of male Respiratory therapists in the workforce is 44.5 and of female Respiratory therapists is 42.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Respiratory therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

37.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,761
79k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,900

67.8% of Respiratory therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Respiratory therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Respiratory therapists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

67.7% of Respiratory therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Respiratory therapists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Respiratory therapists.

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Age by Gender

44.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.58
42.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.06

The median age of Respiratory therapists is 43.3, and Male employees are generally 1.69 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Respiratory therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Respiratory therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Respiratory therapists hold a major in Health.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Respiratory therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Respiratory therapists need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Active Listening, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Respiratory therapists need more than the average amount of Science, Equipment Selection, and Repairing.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Respiratory Therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Respiratory Therapists are expected to see a growth of 19.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

19.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Respiratory Therapists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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