Respiratory therapy? - page 2

Hi, I'm new here (been lurking for a while,though). I'm currently in school finishing up my nursing pre-rec's. I have been planning to go to nursing school but recently had a change of heart and... Read More

  1. by   Sheri257
    Quote from westl
    Hi, I'm new here (been lurking for a while,though). I'm currently in school finishing up my nursing pre-rec's.

    I have been planning to go to nursing school but recently had a change of heart and have applied to the respiratory program. There is no wait (unlike all of the nursing programs around here) and as soon as I finish my last calss I plan to begin.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows what the starting pay is for respiratory therapists where you live? I believe it is around $20 here, but I could be mistaken.

    Thank you in advance!
    If you're concerned about the financial aspects ...

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RT's make, on average, $10K a year less than RN's.

    May 2005 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    In California, the difference is even greater: $15K. At one hospital where I live, new grad RN's make more than veteran RT's.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 28, '06

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