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Eastern Workforce Development Area (1Q 2017)
All Industry
Estimated employment90
Mean wage$38.17
Entry wage$26.76
10th percentile wage$24.37
50th percentile wage$35.76
90th percentile wage$48.79
Top Employing Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Percent
Education and Health Services8084.4%
Top Paying Industries
 IndustryEmployment / Median Wage
Education and Health Services8035.43
Respiratory Therapists (29-1126)
Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$35.76 $36.39  -$0.63
2016$34.92+2.4%$35.54 +2.4%-$0.61
2015$34.25+2.0%$34.86 +2.0%-$0.60
2014$33.61+1.9%$34.20 +1.9%-$0.59
2013$32.97+1.9%$33.55 +1.9%-$0.58
2012$32.33+2.0%$32.90 +2.0%-$0.56
2011$31.83+1.6%$32.39 +1.6%-$0.56
2010$31.27+1.8%$31.82 +1.8%-$0.55
2009$30.93+1.1%$31.48 +1.1%-$0.54
2008$30.01+3.1%$30.54 +3.1%-$0.52
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$35.76 $21.67  $14.09
2016$34.92+2.4%$20.98 +3.3%$13.95
2015$34.25+2.0%$20.54 +2.1%$13.72
2014$33.61+1.9%$20.10 +2.2%$13.51
2013$32.97+1.9%$19.69 +2.1%$13.28
2012$32.33+2.0%$19.36 +1.7%$12.97
2011$31.83+1.6%$19.05 +1.6%$12.77
2010$31.27+1.8%$18.73 +1.7%$12.54
2009$30.93+1.1%$18.48 +1.4%$12.46
2008$30.01+3.1%$18.00 +2.6%$12.01
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2017
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
South Central$33.83270
North Central$31.56450
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
North Central$31.56450
South Central$33.83270
Wages in other areas
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