According to salary.com, the average salary of a registered respiratory therapist in the United States ranges from $52,193 to $72,081 annually. Payscale.com states that a respiratory therapist earns an average of $24.32 every hour which translates to a salary range of $38,334 to $ 70,640 per year.
The annual salary is dependent on the level of education, company size, industry, location and experience levels. Outpatient care centers, universities, private athletes and professional colleges are the best employers because they typically offer more than $60,000. The top-earning therapists in the metropolitan zones are situated in the Golden State: San Jose, Salinas, Vallejo, San Francisco, Sacramento and Santa Rosa.