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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

39-9032 Recreation Workers

Conduct recreation activities with groups in public, private, or volunteer agencies or recreation facilities. Organize and promote activities, such as arts and crafts, sports, games, music, dramatics, social recreation, camping, and hobbies, taking into account the needs and interests of individual members.


National estimates for Recreation Workers
Industry profile for Recreation Workers
Geographic profile for Recreation Workers

National estimates for Recreation Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Recreation Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
325,640 1.5 % $ 14.88 $ 30,960 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Recreation Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.38 $ 11.26 $ 13.67 $ 17.12 $ 22.36
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,510 $ 23,420 $ 28,440 $ 35,620 $ 46,510


Industry profile for Recreation Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Recreation Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Recreation Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Recreation Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 109,410 2.02 $ 14.91 $ 31,000
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 36,650 2.39 $ 14.83 $ 30,840
Civic and Social Organizations 25,640 8.96 $ 13.98 $ 29,080
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 25,490 2.51 $ 13.84 $ 28,790
Individual and Family Services 25,280 0.99 $ 15.37 $ 31,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Recreation Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 5,400 10.63 $ 13.94 $ 28,990
Civic and Social Organizations 25,640 8.96 $ 13.98 $ 29,080
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 25,490 2.51 $ 13.84 $ 28,790
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 23,300 2.48 $ 15.41 $ 32,060
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 36,650 2.39 $ 14.83 $ 30,840

Top paying industries for Recreation Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,940 0.09 $ 27.88 $ 58,000
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,800 0.17 $ 18.67 $ 38,830
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 300 0.17 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 310 0.12 $ 17.26 $ 35,890
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 570 0.24 $ 17.18 $ 35,740


Geographic profile for Recreation Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Recreation Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Recreation Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Recreation Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 47,080 2.87 1.22 $ 17.02 $ 35,400
New York 25,610 2.95 1.26 $ 17.29 $ 35,950
Texas 20,630 1.70 0.73 $ 12.78 $ 26,580
Florida 18,680 2.21 0.95 $ 14.23 $ 29,610
Illinois 14,510 2.58 1.10 $ 14.27 $ 29,680




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Recreation Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 1,080 3.83 1.63 $ 15.28 $ 31,780
Hawaii 2,070 3.61 1.54 $ 15.93 $ 33,140
West Virginia 2,240 3.45 1.47 $ 16.04 $ 33,360
Wisconsin 8,700 3.21 1.37 $ 13.62 $ 28,330
New Mexico 2,520 3.21 1.37 $ 12.33 $ 25,650




Top paying states for Recreation Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 570 0.82 0.35 $ 24.62 $ 51,220
Alaska 430 1.44 0.61 $ 19.95 $ 41,500
Washington 6,150 1.92 0.82 $ 17.98 $ 37,400
South Dakota 670 1.64 0.70 $ 17.70 $ 36,810
New York 25,610 2.95 1.26 $ 17.29 $ 35,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Recreation Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 25,820 2.92 1.25 $ 17.06 $ 35,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 19,070 3.27 1.40 $ 17.28 $ 35,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,790 2.47 1.06 $ 14.38 $ 29,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,230 2.39 1.02 $ 15.97 $ 33,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,780 2.91 1.24 $ 18.24 $ 37,940
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,070 2.88 1.23 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,990 2.39 1.02 $ 14.72 $ 30,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,640 2.17 0.93 $ 17.17 $ 35,700
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,470 1.52 0.65 $ 12.84 $ 26,710
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,220 1.94 0.83 $ 14.82 $ 30,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Recreation Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ann Arbor, MI 3,030 14.57 6.22 $ 12.08 $ 25,130
Ames, IA 480 11.12 4.75 $ 11.47 $ 23,850
Winchester, VA-WV 440 7.46 3.19 $ 13.81 $ 28,730
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 510 7.16 3.06 $ 13.55 $ 28,190
Chico, CA 460 6.25 2.67 $ 14.17 $ 29,470
Waterbury, CT 360 5.80 2.48 $ 14.56 $ 30,290
Columbus, GA-AL 620 5.63 2.40 $ 11.54 $ 24,000
Burlington, NC 340 5.59 2.39 $ 10.34 $ 21,500
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 410 5.54 2.37 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Manhattan, KS 200 5.41 2.31 $ 10.67 $ 22,200