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Respiratory Therapists in North Carolina

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

26.3% Jobs Projection
$56,410 Median Salary
320 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Respiratory Therapists Work in North Carolina?

In 2018, there were 4,390 Respiratory Therapists working in the state.

There were 3,990 Respiratory Therapists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 400 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Respiratory Therapists in NC Employment Trend

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

Respiratory Therapists in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Respiratory Therapists in this state are growing at a rate of 26.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 23.3%.

Job Projections for Respiratory Therapists: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS is projecting 320 annual Respiratory Therapists job openings in North Carolina, and 5,050 total jobs in the year 2026.

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

What do Respiratory Therapists Make in North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Respiratory Therapists ranged from $43,210 to $73,330 with $56,410 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $20.77 to $35.26. The median hourly rate was $27.12.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $26.23 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.89.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Respiratory Therapists Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina 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
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,060 $57,570
Winston-Salem, NC 710 $57,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 530 $57,120
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 390 $58,420
Raleigh, NC 320 $58,500
Greensboro-High Point, NC 310 $57,350
Asheville, NC 250 $53,020
Fayetteville, NC 160 $55,390
Greenville, NC 160 $48,460
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 130 $54,080
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 110 $56,260

Top States for Respiratory Therapists Employment

The table below shows the states 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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Occupation NC Employment Total
Physical Therapists 6,110
Speech-Language Pathologists 4,430
Occupational Therapists 3,470
Radiation Therapists 550
Recreational Therapists 400
Exercise Physiologists 270


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