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Respiratory Therapist - Federal Salaries of 2018

Pay Rates for "Respiratory Therapist"

How much does a Respiratory Therapist in the federal government get paid? $52,904.19* *Based on the 2018 average.

Respiratory Therapist was the 329th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 196 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2018, the Office Secretary Health and Human Services hired the most employees titled Respiratory Therapist, with an average salary of $46,868.

Government Respiratory Therapist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Respiratory Therapist job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions which involve the supervision or performance of technical work concerned with administering therapeutic and diagnostic respiratory care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary deficiencies and abnormalities. The work involves: operating and monitoring respiratory equipment such as continuous and intermittent ventilators, medical gas delivery apparatus, incentive breathing/hyperinflation devices, environmental control systems, and aerosol devices; administering medical gases, humidification, aerosols, and respiratory medications; maintaining clearance of patient's natural and artificial airways; obtaining blood samples and interpreting blood gas data; and providing primary assistance in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Positions in this occupation require a knowledge of the operating characteristics and daily maintenance of respiratory equipment and devices and a practical knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

Technical and Medical Support Positions encompass jobs that require specialized, practical knowledge and the ability to perform skilled tasked. However, these skills can often be learned on the job or through training when you are hired. In some cases, certifications are required to qualify. Additional education such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree will increase starting grade and lead to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.

Agencies that have hired a Respiratory Therapist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 111 $46,867.83
Indian Health Service 38 $57,511.39
Veterans Health Administration 25 $55,422.64
National Institutes of Health 20 $73,660.55
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 2 $61,341.50

Respiratory Therapist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $52,904.19. The highest paid Respiratory Therapist made $101,116 in 2018.

Common Respiratory Therapist Payscales

Payscale Number of Respiratory Therapist Employees
GS - General Schedule 194
GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate 2

Starting Paygrade: $19,738.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $59,907.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Technical and Medical Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Respiratory Therapist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Environmental Health TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Mathematics TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
GuideTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical Supply Aide and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Cartographic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Respiratory Therapist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018

In 2004, the average pay for a Respiratory Therapist was $39,695. Since then, the average pay has increased to $52,904 in 2018.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0651.

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