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Arkansas Respiratory Therapist Salaries

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 19 percent growth in respiratory therapist (RT) jobs during the ten-year period between 2012 and 2022.

Most RTs work in hospitals; however, other places with job opportunities include:

  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physician offices

The Arkansas Bureau of Labor maintains there are 1,200 RTs currently employed in Arkansas. Statewide salaries are (2013):

  • Mean annual salary – $$47,270
  • Medium annual salary – $44,725
  • Mean hourly wage – $22.73
  • Medium hourly wage – $21.95

Salary levels differ between locations as well as by education. Persons with a bachelor’s or master’s degree earn more than those with only an associate’s degree. Another important salary differential is between the National Board of Respiratory Care’s Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) credentials.

Median annual salaries of CRTs and RRTs in various Arkansas cities are:

Arkansas City
CRT Salary
Bentonville
$46507
Conway
$48590
Fayetteville
$46507
Fort Smith
$48037
Jacksonville
$50502
Jonesboro
$51287
Little Rock
$50502
Pine Bluff
$50502
Rogers
$46507
Springdale
$46507
Texarkansas
$49918

The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for Respiratory Therapists in Arkansas.

Area Name
Employment
Annual Median Salary
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO
80
46410
Fort Smith AR-OK
90
48080
Hot Springs AR
60
46440
Jonesboro AR
80
41980
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway AR
530
46220
Memphis TN-MS-AR
760
48250
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
Estimate Not Released
46340
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
70
46010
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
90
38700
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
90
47450
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area
70
45400