Career Coach buttonAccording to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the projected average salary of RTs working in the U.S. is over $62,000 a year.

AARC also finds that therapists just beginning their careers reported average annual earnings ranging from $42,078–47,297, which is approximately $20–23 per hour.

Find out more: AARC's Employment and Financial Outlook

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of our program, you may find career opportunities in:

  • Hospitals
  • Sub-acute care
  • Home care
  • Physician offices
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Education
  • Asthma education
  • Hospice care
  • Polysomnography / sleep studies
  • Exercise and stress testing
  • Transport / CareFlite medicine

Approximate Working Hours

8–12 hour shifts. Varies upon setting.

Projected Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”



Respiratory Care
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Center for Health Care Professions
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Fort Worth, TX 76102

Healthcare Professions Division


Updated November 19, 2015


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