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

29-1125 Recreational Therapists

Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes "Recreation Workers" (39-9032).


National estimates for Recreational Therapists
Industry profile for Recreational Therapists
Geographic profile for Recreational Therapists

National estimates for Recreational Therapists: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Recreational Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,080 4.9 % $ 24.64 $ 51,260 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Recreational Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.12 $ 18.06 $ 22.94 $ 30.02 $ 38.10
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,450 $ 37,570 $ 47,710 $ 62,440 $ 79,250


Industry profile for Recreational Therapists: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Recreational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 3,270 1.35 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,070 0.05 $ 26.35 $ 54,810
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,660 0.17 $ 21.87 $ 45,480
Individual and Family Services 2,500 0.10 $ 18.76 $ 39,030
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,690 0.18 $ 20.26 $ 42,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Recreational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 3,270 1.35 $ 26.38 $ 54,870
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 690 0.26 $ 26.31 $ 54,720
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,690 0.18 $ 20.26 $ 42,130
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,660 0.17 $ 21.87 $ 45,480
Individual and Family Services 2,500 0.10 $ 18.76 $ 39,030

Top paying industries for Recreational Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 990 0.05 $ 37.05 $ 77,060
Child Day Care Services 40 0.01 $ 29.54 $ 61,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $ 29.27 $ 60,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 100 (7) $ 28.41 $ 59,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,570 0.07 $ 27.58 $ 57,360


Geographic profile for Recreational Therapists: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Recreational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,660 0.10 0.70 $ 37.48 $ 77,960
Texas 1,520 0.13 0.87 $ 20.67 $ 42,980
New York 1,430 0.16 1.14 $ 27.89 $ 58,010
Pennsylvania 990 0.18 1.24 $ 23.25 $ 48,350
Florida 950 0.11 0.78 $ 24.57 $ 51,110




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Recreational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 390 0.29 2.04 $ 18.61 $ 38,710
Wisconsin 720 0.27 1.84 $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Minnesota 720 0.27 1.84 $ 23.86 $ 49,630
Delaware 110 0.25 1.74 $ 23.15 $ 48,160
Massachusetts 800 0.24 1.66 $ 25.19 $ 52,390




Top paying states for Recreational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 70 0.10 0.68 $ 37.80 $ 78,630
California 1,660 0.10 0.70 $ 37.48 $ 77,960
Connecticut 320 0.21 1.43 $ 29.60 $ 61,570
New Jersey 400 0.11 0.74 $ 29.37 $ 61,090
Oregon 150 0.08 0.59 $ 28.09 $ 58,420





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Recreational Therapists:

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 1,300 0.15 1.02 $ 29.03 $ 60,370
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 580 0.22 1.55 $ 26.43 $ 54,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 560 0.13 0.89 $ 24.37 $ 50,690
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 520 0.19 1.34 $ 21.46 $ 44,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 470 0.13 0.91 $ 20.50 $ 42,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 460 0.08 0.55 $ 35.85 $ 74,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 360 0.12 0.85 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 340 0.19 1.33 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 330 0.11 0.75 $ 27.43 $ 57,060
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 300 0.23 1.59 $ 20.13 $ 41,880




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Recreational Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 80 0.75 5.17 $ 43.25 $ 89,970
Alexandria, LA 40 0.71 4.92 $ 21.20 $ 44,100
Provo-Orem, UT 160 0.64 4.43 $ 19.82 $ 41,220
Rochester, MN 60 0.55 3.80 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Salem, OR 90 0.52 3.61 $ 27.92 $ 58,070
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.49 3.39 $ 20.33 $ 42,280
Utica-Rome, NY 50 0.47 3.29 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Topeka, KS 50 0.44 3.02 $ 22.15 $ 46,060
Columbus, GA-AL 50 0.43 2.97 $ 14.35 $ 29,850
Iowa City, IA 40 0.42 2.93 $ 26.97 $ 56,110




Top paying metropolitan areas for Recreational Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.40 2.78 $ 44.64 $ 92,840
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 80 0.75 5.17 $ 43.25 $ 89,970
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 150 0.10 0.70 $ 40.98 $ 85,230
Salinas, CA 30 0.19 1.32 $ 40.89 $ 85,050
Fresno, CA 70 0.17 1.21 $ 40.71 $ 84,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 140 0.06 0.41 $ 39.63 $ 82,420
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 70 0.07 0.51 $ 37.48 $ 77,960
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 36.35 $ 75,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 460 0.08 0.55 $ 35.85 $ 74,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.07 0.47 $ 34.12 $ 70,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Recreational Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.45 3.14 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.12 7.79 $ 17.50 $ 36,400
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 2.76 $ 22.18 $ 46,130
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 2.74 $ 24.00 $ 49,920
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.20 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Recreational Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.12 7.79 $ 17.50 $ 36,400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.45 3.14 $ 16.70 $ 34,730
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 3.11 $ 21.32 $ 44,340
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 80 0.40 2.76 $ 22.18 $ 46,130
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 2.74 $ 24.00 $ 49,920

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Recreational Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.08 $ 25.87 $ 53,810
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 2.35 $ 24.06 $ 50,050
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 2.74 $ 24.00 $ 49,920
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 40 0.12 0.86 $ 23.17 $ 48,190
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.46 $ 22.71 $ 47,240


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021