AARC Respiratory Therapist Human Resource Study 2014 Released

 Updated: April 20, 2017

Using formal surveys, the American Association for Respiratory Care conducted a study of three groups within the respiratory care profession in the spring of 2014. AARC’s Respiratory Therapist Human Resource Study 2014 provides comprehensive data that ranges from demographics, wages, procedures, hours, trends in patient care and more.

Surveys were completed by a record number of respiratory therapists as well as acute care hospital employers and educational programs. Results of the survey revealed an increase in the number of respiratory therapists furthering their education and earning specialty credentials, as well as significant changes in where respiratory therapists are employed, shift differentials received by respiratory therapists, and factors that impact the wages of respiratory therapists – including AARC membership!

Other survey responses revealed additional results such as:

  • The number of RTs grew almost 19% since the last survey, from 146,117 in 2009 to 172,921 in 2014
  • On average, each respiratory therapist reported caring for about 6 patients receiving mechanical ventilation.
  • It takes an average of between 4-5 weeks for to orient a new employee in an acute care hospital
  • Turnover rate in acute care hospitals for both full and part-time therapists has not changed since 2009
  • Acute care hospitals remain the major employer of respiratory therapists; however, this survey identified that more therapists are transitioning to long term acute care, from 4.4% in 2009 to 7.6% in 2014
  • Educational Program directors’ mean salary has increased 8.7% since 2009

This AARC study is available for purchase and is offered in 4 different formats: Full, Educational, Acute Care and Therapist Data. The study is perfect for managers, educational program directors, college recruiters, and researchers interested in professional trends. An executive summary and Compensation Calculator are included in each package to help conduct salary earnings comparisons based on factors identified in the surveys that have both positive and negative effects on salaries.