There are 7,470 respiratory therapists (RTs) employed in Florida, the third most among all of the U.S. states. The profession is under the jurisdiction of the Florida Board of Respiratory Care which licenses, monitors, educates and, when necessary disciplines RTs to ensure that they meet minimum standards for safe practice.
According to the 2010 Census, at 17.3 percent, Florida has the highest percentage of any state of persons over 65 years of age. Not only is it known that cardiopulmonary problems increase with age but seniors are more likely to have once been heavy smokers since they were raised before the public was made aware of the serious lung problems associated with the habit. Many RTs are involved in organizing and teaching smoking cessation programs.
Florida respiratory theraspists statewide earn an annual mean salary of $53,380. Earnings differ according to location and education. Applicants who want to get ahead should aim to receive an RRT credential and advance their educations as much as possible.
Salary differences between CRTs and RRTs in fifteen Florida cities are:
The difference between the highest (Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale) and lowest (Pensacola) RRT salaries is only $4,600.
The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for respiratory therapists in Florida.