In its Oklahoma Employment Wage Report, the Employment Security Commission found that respiratory therapists in Oklahoma, as of 2013, earned a mean, annual salary of $51,060, an increase from $49,670 in 2012 and $49,197 in 2011.
Other Oklahoma respiratory therapist salary findings reported by the Employment Security Commission included:
Respiratory therapists in the 25th percentile earned:
- $24.55 per hour in 2013
- $23.88 per hour in 2012
- $23.65 per hour in 2011
- $23.28 per hour in 2010
Respiratory therapists in the 75th percentile earned:
- $28.13 per hour in 2013
- $27.40 per hour in 2012
- $27.04 per hour in 2011
- $26.98 per hour in 2010
The median pay for respiratory therapists:
- $23.65 per hour in 2013
- $23.20 per hour in 2012
- $23.01 per hour in 2011
- $23.02 per hour in 2010
In 2013, there were 1,220 respiratory therapists employed in Oklahoma, a slight decrease from 2012’s total of 1,250.
According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, respiratory therapists ranked among the top professions requiring associate’s degree for projected number of job openings between 2010 and 2020. The number of respiratory therapist jobs is expected to increase by 690 between 2010 and 2020.
Respiratory therapists in Ohio fall under the broader occupational category of Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported a total of 92,320 jobs in this occupational category in 2013. Further, it is expected that employment in this category will increase to 126,940 in 2022, an increase of nearly 20,000 jobs between 2012 and 2022.
Additional information on respiratory therapist salaries is detailed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) table below: