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 9012$30.59/hr$23.10/hr$26.64/hr$30.28/hr$35.16/hr$38.59/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$33.63/hr
Financial Activities60$29.53/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,800$33.39/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$33.20/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/A$33.04/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State 30$32.95/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$32.86/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$31.67/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$28.62/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$30.16/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$30.28/hr2.1%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 120$31.29/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$31.09/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$28.40/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 260$34.04/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,000$33.93/hr10.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,060$33.99/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,950$33.37/hr11.4%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Radiation Therapists 330$38.95/hr11.1%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 30$18.59/hr-4.5%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,310$38.91/hr20.5%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 240$42.71/hr11.8%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,310$32.39/hr9.6%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Nurse Anesthetists 1,920$90.16/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.