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Respiratory Therapists in Kentucky

Want to work in Kentucky as a Respiratory Therapist? Read this first!

22.7% Jobs Projection
$49,480 Median Salary
190 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Respiratory Therapists in Kentucky are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Respiratory Therapists in Kentucky is growing faster than average.

  • Respiratory Therapists in Kentucky earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Respiratory Therapists Work in Kentucky?

2,480 people worked as Respiratory Therapists in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,510 Respiratory Therapists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 30 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Respiratory Therapists in KY Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,500 Respiratory Therapists working in it, which means Kentucky has more Respiratory Therapists than average.

Respiratory Therapists in KY vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Kentucky

Jobs for Respiratory Therapists in this state are growing at a rate of 22.7% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 23.3%.

Job Projections for Respiratory Therapists: Nation vs. KY

Kentucky Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 190 annual job openings, and 3,130 total jobs in 2026 for Respiratory Therapists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 9,800 annual jobs and 160,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Respiratory Therapists Make in Kentucky?

In 2018 wages for Respiratory Therapists ranged from $36,240 to $63,750 with $49,480 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $17.42 to $30.65. The median hourly rate was $23.79.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $23.28 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.51.

The median salary in Kentucky is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Respiratory Therapists Earnings: KY vs. National Average

Top Kentucky Metros for Respiratory Therapists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Respiratory Therapists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,090 $58,030
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 790 $53,190
Lexington-Fayette, KY 370 $51,200
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 270 $54,930
Evansville, IN-KY 190 $55,940
Bowling Green, KY 110 $48,530
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 $50,210
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 70 $46,960
Owensboro, KY 50 $50,330

Top States for Respiratory Therapists Employment

View the list below to see where most Respiratory Therapists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 17,260 $78,560
Texas 11,250 $58,930
Florida 8,200 $57,660
Ohio 6,200 $56,430
Pennsylvania 5,810 $56,550
New York 5,740 $75,030
Michigan 4,580 $57,060
North Carolina 4,390 $56,410
Georgia 4,220 $57,140
Illinois 4,150 $59,540
Indiana 4,010 $55,390
Tennessee 3,520 $51,040
Missouri 3,210 $53,980
New Jersey 3,090 $73,080
Arizona 2,560 $58,180
Virginia 2,550 $59,160
Kentucky 2,480 $49,480
Alabama 2,450 $49,590
Louisiana 2,380 $53,830
Massachusetts 2,370 $72,740

Below are the states where Respiratory Therapists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $78,560
Alaska $75,910
District of Columbia $75,870
New York $75,030
New Jersey $73,080
Nevada $73,050
Massachusetts $72,740
Hawaii $71,640
Oregon $69,700
Rhode Island $69,480

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