According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 4,130 respiratory therapists who were actively employed in Illinois during 2013 earned an annual mean salary of $55,250. Of these 2,850 worked in the Chicago area.
The occupational outlook for RTs is very good. The government predicts there to be a 23 percent growth rate, increasing the number of RT jobs in Illinois to 5,320 by 2018.
Wages not only differ by education but also by location. Median annual salaries for CRTs and RRTs in different Illinois cities are as follows:
*Salaries in the greater Chicago area range from a low of $48,911 to a high of $70,474 for CRTs and $54,220 to $75,051 for RRTs. Chicago’s high median salaries listed above are the same for all of these suburban cities in the greater Chicago area:
- Arlington Heights
- Des Plaines
- Mount Prospect
- Oak Lawn
- Oak Park
- Tinley Park
The table below provides 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary information for respiratory therapists in Illinois.