Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

29-1126 Respiratory Therapists



Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 805$30.30/hr$23.55/hr$26.53/hr$30.31/hr$34.88/hr$37.81/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$29.01/hr
Financial Activities50$32.24/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,740$33.97/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/A$34.74/hr9.8%
Southeast Minnesota N/A$33.63/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$33.77/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$33.37/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$34.10/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 50$32.41/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 80$30.31/hr2.1%
Northwest Balance of State 80$30.44/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$30.15/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$30.12/hr14.2%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$30.97/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 190$28.18/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 910$34.38/hr10.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 990$34.47/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,840$33.86/hr11.4%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Radiation Therapists 390$39.15/hr11.1%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,190$39.02/hr20.5%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 240$43.60/hr11.8%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,420$31.60/hr9.6%
Nurse Anesthetists 1,900$90.93/hr16.0%


  • Maintain charts that contain patients' pertinent identification and therapy information.
  • Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.
  • Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Set up and operate devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Determine requirements for treatment, such as type, method and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken, or medication and dosages, compatible with physicians' orders.
  • Enforce safety rules and ensure careful adherence to physicians' orders.
  • Read prescription, measure arterial blood gases, and review patient information to assess patient condition.