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How will your respiratory therapy education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a respiratory therapy degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 443 brick and mortar respiratory therapy schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had respiratory therapy programs were:

  1. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - located in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. Ohio State University-Main Campus - located in Columbus, Ohio
  3. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts

Student Demographics

In 2010, 8,572 students earned degrees in respiratory therapy in the US. Of these students, 525 graduated from certificate programs in respiratory therapy, 8,041 graduated from undergraduate programs in respiratory therapy, and 6 graduated from graduate-level programs in respiratory therapy.


Students can pursue education in respiratory therapy at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Master's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Certificate in Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory therapy students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their respiratory therapy degree:

  • Pharmacology
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Time Management
  • Mechanical Ventilation


The average tuition at respiratory therapy schools around the nation was $11,757 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following respiratory therapy schools:

  1. Northeastern University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $35,362
  2. Shenandoah University - located in Winchester, Virginia, students paid $25,450
  3. Midland Lutheran College - located in Fremont, Nebraska, students paid $22,984

The respiratory therapy schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Armstrong Atlantic State University - located in Savannah, Georgia, students paid $4,048
  2. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  3. University of North Carolina at Charlotte - located in Charlotte, North Carolina, students paid $4,427

How will your respiratory therapy job compare?

A large number of respiratory therapy majors work as respiratory therapists after graduation. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 109,270 respiratory therapists were working in the US. The largest numbers of respiratory therapists work in the following states:

  1. California - 12,570 Respiratory Therapists
  2. Texas - 9,890 Respiratory Therapists
  3. Florida - 6,450 Respiratory Therapists

Projected Growth

The projected growth for respiratory therapists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 37%
  2. Georgia - 35%
  3. Texas - 33%


A respiratory therapist in the US earns $51,393 per year on average. However, the salary for a respiratory therapist can greatly vary based on factors such as your employer, shift differentials or location. Salaries for respiratory therapists range from less than $26,940 per year to more than $113,940 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a respiratory therapist are:

  1. California - $67,970 per year
  2. Nevada - $66,710 per year
  3. New Jersey - $66,080 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for respiratory therapists:

  1. North Dakota - $43,930 per year
  2. Kentucky - $44,110 per year
  3. West Virginia - $44,910 per year

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respiratory therapy?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Respiratory Therapists 109,270 $55,200 14.6%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 13,570 $46,340 -38.5%