2015 Salary Survey Results, Part 1

In keeping with our annual tradition, we asked respiratory care and sleep medicine professionals across the country to help us get to the bottom of compensation and career trends. And now, with the results in, the numbers collected, analyzed and otherwise crunched, it’s time to see what we can all learn from the results of our 2015 salary survey.

This year, we heard from nearly 1,000 respiratory and sleep professionals from all over the U.S., and it appears this past year has been a good one for your colleagues. Here’s just a snippet of what you’ll find in Part 1:

Employment Status
The vast majority of our respondents work full-time, with only 11% working part-time or per diem. Similar to last year’s results, most of our full-time survey takers earn between $50,000 and $70,000, with the average resting at $65,969, an increase of about 2% across the board.

Women continue to dominate men in the respiratory care and sleep medicine fields, according to our numbers, although men have closed that gap by 1% since 2014, climbing to 35% of the workforce. Men still earned about 12% more for doing the same jobs, however.

Respondents who agreed to divulge their age in our surveyed revealed 34% of respiratory care and sleep jobs are held by men and women between ages 50 and 59.

The majority of our salary takers live in the South, followed by the Mid-Atlantic and Lower Great Lakes region, the West and the Midwest. The fewest number of our respondents live in the Northeast, where they not only enjoyed the highest salaries, but also the biggest jump in wages from the year before.

Geographical Location
The number of salary takers who said they work in a rural area was virtually unchanged from 2014, and they continued earn about $6,000 less annually on average compared to their colleagues in urban and suburban areas.

Don’t forget to check out the downloadable survey results PDF that includes even more information on who took the survey and how they are getting paid.

The next installment of the 2015 Salary Survey Results will delve into average salaries by employment setting, specialty, education and more, so be sure to check back next month for Part 2!

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