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Michigan Respiratory Therapist Salaries

The field of respiratory therapy is growing in the U.S. as the population ages and becomes more susceptible to respiratory problems. The rate of increase in Michigan is projected to be nearly 20% higher than the national average.

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, & Budget projects a 22.7% increase in the demand for respiratory therapists in the state between 2010 and 2020. The Department predicts a particularly high rate of increase in the Grand Rapids area, with an expected 25.6% growth rate. The rate in the Ann Arbor area is projected to be 22%.

Labor market information from this department indicates that 3,880 respiratory therapists were employed throughout Michigan in 2013. Data on metropolitan divisions in Michigan indicated that 840 respiratory therapists were employed in the Detroit division, while 890 were employed in the Warren area.

The average respiratory therapist salary in Michigan was $52,960 in 2013. Salaries varied from $41,060 for those in the lowest 10% of this salary bracket to $66,710 for those in the top 10% of this field. Average and 90th percentile respiratory therapist salaries were particularly high in the Lansing area in 2013 as shown below:

Michigan City
10th Percentile
90th Percentile
Battle Creek
$43830
$66100
Flint
$40860
$59730
Grand Rapids
$40080
$61480
Holland
$40530
$59190
Kalamazoo
$46700
$63320
Lansing
$44160
$73960
Muskegon
$44580
$67790
South Bend
$40920
$68960

Graduates of Michigan’s respiratory care training programs are well prepared to find employment in the state. According to the Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 88% of the state’s 2013 respiratory therapy graduates found jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown by city of 2013 respiratory therapist salaries in Michigan:

Area Name
Employment
Annual Median Salary
Battle Creek MI
70
54270
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
840
54110
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
1730
54470
Flint MI
210
52320
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
480
50340
Holland-Grand Haven MI
40
51660
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
Estimate Not Released
54460
Lansing-East Lansing MI
150
61780
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
40
55210
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
890
54760
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
90
46290
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
40
46540
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
70
52980
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
210
52330