Travel Respiratory Therapist Jobs in California

California provides an exciting opportunity for those who are looking to pursue travel respiratory therapy jobs. Combining a passion for healthcare with an adventurous spirit, this type of job is perfect for individuals who want to explore the beauty and culture of California while helping others stay healthy. With its stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and vibrant cities, California offers a unique backdrop for those seeking a rewarding travel respiratory therapist career.

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California Travel Respiratory Therapy FAQ

The median salary for Respiratory Therapists in the state of California was $87,190 per year or $41.92 per hour in 2020 with most earning an annual salary between $70,500 and $104,230 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level jobs in California or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $59,100, while the highest 10% earned more than $122,810. California ranks 1 in median annual salary for Respiratory Therapists, though when adjusted to the relative cost of living, California ranks at 25. Typically, travel respiratory therapy jobs will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same specialty, facility, and location. The estimated weekly gross pay listed for travel rt jobs is based on the specified hours per week listed on job cards and includes available stipend amounts.

To become a travel respiratory therapist in California, you will need to obtain a license from the Respiratory Care Board of California (RCB). You can find their address on their website. In addition to completing an application form available on, you will need to submit a $300 license fee as well as fingerprinting fees and proof of having completed 144 hours of training or experience within the last 2 years. The entire process may take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to complete, so please be sure to start early if you would like to practice as a travel RT in CA.

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)

The CRT certification is a measure of essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of respiratory therapists at entry into practice. The candidate must be a graduate of at least a two-year degree program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) CoARC and have achieved a low-cut score on the TMC to earn the CRT credential. The TMC education requirement may make them ineligible for the next level of the TMC exam.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

The RRT certification recognizes the individual as having advanced clinical skills, advanced decision-making skills, and further training to act in a consulting role in matters concerning patient care planning and treatment. The candidate must be a graduate of a two-year or a four-year degree program accredited by CoARC, have achieved the high cut score on the TMC, and passed the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) portion of the exam to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. For these reasons, the RRT credential is generally preferred by most employers.

Respiratory therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of breathing and other respiratory disorders. Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) and Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs) work to improve the quality of life of patients of all ages, from neonates to the elderly, with a wide range of respiratory issues. Through their expert knowledge and skills, RRTs and CRTs are qualified to conduct evaluations on patients' lung and breathing functions using tests such as spirometry and arterial blood gas analysis. They also develop personalized treatment plans for their patients, based on the specific disorder they have been diagnosed with, such as asthma or COPD. In addition to developing treatment plans, RRTs and CRTs administer medications and treatments, such as inhalers, nebulizers, and oxygen therapy, to help manage and improve patients' respiratory function. RRTs may also perform chest physiotherapy and other breathing exercises to help clear mucus from the lungs and improve breathing.