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Indiana Respiratory Therapist Salaries

In 2013, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that a total of 3,290 respiratory therapists were actively licensed in Indiana earning a mean annual salary of $51,896. The number of licensees is expected to increase 20 percent by 2018.

According to a September 8, 2014 story in the IndyStar newspaper, more respiratory care specialists may be needed this year in response to an unusually potent respiratory virus that has been sending a much greater than expected number of children and adults to the hospital. The EV-268 virus is especially problematic for individuals with breathing problems like asthma or emphysema. Oddly, so far the virus has spread all over the state except for the Indianapolis area.

Respiratory therapists with more education and higher- level credentials earn the highest salaries, which also differ by location. Annual median salary differences between CRTs and RRTs in various Indiana cities are as follows:

Indiana City
CRT Salary
Anderson
$51953
Bloomington
$53205
Carmel
$54272
Elkhart
$53849
Evansville
$53657
Fishers
$51953
Fort Wayne
$52658
Gary
$54735
Hammond
$54735
Indianapolis
$54272
Lafayette
$50565
Mishawaka
$51851
Muncie
$51953
South Bend
$51851
Terre Haute
$51902
Vincennes
$51106

Gary and Hammond, the two cities with the highest RT salaries, are both in Lake County near the border with Illinois. Gary is only 25 miles from downtown Chicago and both cities are part of the greater Chicago Metropolitan Area. There is a difference of $4,529 between the highest and lowest (Lafayette) RRT salaries.

The table here shows respiratory therapist salary data in Indiana by city as of 2013:

Area Name
Employment
Annual Median Salary
Bloomington IN
Estimate Not Released
51890
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
1140
53810
Evansville IN-KY
210
48880
Fort Wayne IN
220
50960
Gary IN Metropolitan Division
390
55800
Indianapolis-Carmel IN
1370
52150
Lafayette IN
70
49950
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
810
48140
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
130
51890
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area
130
46310
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area
130
48870
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area
150
49950