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Respiratory Therapists

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $39.64
Statewide median: $24.25


This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Respiratory Therapists *

Area Low Median High
$31.08 $35.21 $40.74
$35.44 $39.64 $41.93
Central Minnesota
$32.44 $39.81 $42.40
Northeast Minnesota
$31.92 $36.28 $38.55
Northwest Minnesota
$33.53 $37.07 $38.57
Southeast Minnesota
$39.65 $42.29 $53.52
Southwest Minnesota
$32.45 $38.78 $39.95
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$38.65 $40.60 $41.93

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 1,420 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Respiratory Therapists most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in high demand.


Future Demand   This career is projected to grow much faster than average.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 1,336 new Respiratory Therapists to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Respiratory Therapists
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 135,100 166,200 31,100 23%
Minnesota 1,858 2,239 381 20.5%
Central Minnesota 136 165 29 21.3%
Northeast Minnesota 136 164 28 20.6%
Northwest Minnesota 122 146 24 19.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 817 979 162 19.8%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.


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