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Respiratory Therapy Schools

As a professor or instructor of respiratory therapy classes at one of the 442 accredited respiratory therapy schools in the country, you play a notable role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the respiratory therapy academic community and the future trends. Academia in respiratory therapy includes respiratory therapy training at the following levels:

  • Respiratory Therapy Certificate
  • Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Bachelors degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Masters degree in Respiratory Therapy


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Respiratory therapy professionals

118,040 118,790 120,080 122,370 122,840
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 122,840 respiratory therapy professionals working in the US in 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of respiratory therapy professionals has grown by 4%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Respiratory therapy professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by respiratory therapy professionals was $49,745 in 2010. This is 26% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Respiratory Therapy

$43,270 $45,330 $47,315 $49,015 $49,745
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Respiratory therapy professionals' salaries have seen a 15% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Respiratory Therapy Student enrollment growth by degree

5,650 6,040 6,515 6,691 7,179
476 605 702 776 851
0 0 0 0 0
0 6 6 10 6
203 227 315 320 471
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Respiratory Therapy
  • Grey: Certificate in Respiratory Therapy

The career outlook for respiratory therapy professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 6,329 students who graduated from respiratory therapy degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 8,507 students graduating from respiratory therapy schools.

This represents a 34% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from respiratory therapy courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Respiratory Therapy Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering respiratory therapy programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 383 respiratory therapy schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 442 schools.

Respiratory Therapy Faculty Salaries

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