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Respiratory Therapist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Respiratory Therapist"

How much does a Respiratory Therapist in the federal government get paid? $58,689.93* *Based on the 2021 average.

Respiratory Therapist was the 344th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 153 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Office Secretary Health and Human Services hired the most employees titled Respiratory Therapist, with an average salary of $50,910.

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.

Agencies that have hired a Respiratory Therapist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 91 $50,910.12
Indian Health Service 34 $62,070.91
National Institutes of Health 23 $82,670.09
Veterans Health Administration 4 $65,724.00
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 1 $72,019.00

Respiratory Therapist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Respiratory Therapist is $58,689.93. The highest paid Respiratory Therapist made $122,472 in 2021.

Common Respiratory Therapist Payscales

Payscale Number of Respiratory Therapist Employees
GS - General Schedule 152
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 1

Starting Paygrade: $20,999.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $63,734.00 / 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 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Respiratory Therapist was $39,695. Since then, the average pay has increased to $58,690 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0651.

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