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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
264,020 1.0 % $ 15.39 $ 32,020 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Recreation Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.45 $ 11.70 $ 14.27 $ 17.59 $ 22.43
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,730 $ 24,330 $ 29,680 $ 36,580 $ 46,660


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) 83,170 1.55 $ 15.62 $ 32,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 33,900 2.41 $ 15.13 $ 31,470
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 26,370 2.37 $ 14.45 $ 30,060
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 23,120 2.59 $ 15.84 $ 32,960
Civic and Social Organizations 20,380 7.80 $ 14.49 $ 30,140

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Recreation Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Civic and Social Organizations 20,380 7.80 $ 14.49 $ 30,140
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 3,830 6.90 $ 15.21 $ 31,650
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 23,120 2.59 $ 15.84 $ 32,960
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 33,900 2.41 $ 15.13 $ 31,470
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 26,370 2.37 $ 14.45 $ 30,060

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) 2,040 0.10 $ 27.76 $ 57,740
Educational Support Services 340 0.18 $ 18.89 $ 39,300
Outpatient Care Centers 240 0.02 $ 18.59 $ 38,670
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 630 0.27 $ 18.53 $ 38,540
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,270 0.10 $ 18.52 $ 38,530


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.



Map of employment of recreation workers by state, May 2021


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 37,550 2.27 1.21 $ 17.05 $ 35,460
New York 16,930 1.95 1.04 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Texas 16,460 1.35 0.72 $ 13.59 $ 28,270
Florida 16,310 1.90 1.01 $ 14.44 $ 30,040
Illinois 10,460 1.86 0.99 $ 15.11 $ 31,420


Map of location quotient of recreation workers by state, May 2021


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)
South Carolina 7,330 3.54 1.89 $ 14.10 $ 29,320
Hawaii 1,530 2.78 1.48 $ 16.23 $ 33,770
Montana 1,250 2.65 1.42 $ 13.85 $ 28,810
Wisconsin 7,110 2.58 1.38 $ 13.78 $ 28,650
Connecticut 3,930 2.50 1.33 $ 17.11 $ 35,580


Map of annual mean wages of recreation workers by state, May 2021


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 450 0.68 0.36 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Alaska 400 1.35 0.72 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
New York 16,930 1.95 1.04 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Washington 3,750 1.17 0.62 $ 18.31 $ 38,090
Minnesota 5,630 2.06 1.10 $ 18.06 $ 37,560



Map of employment of recreation workers by area, May 2021


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 17,670 2.04 1.09 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 13,250 2.32 1.24 $ 16.73 $ 34,800
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,980 1.89 1.01 $ 15.65 $ 32,560
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,280 2.80 1.50 $ 18.58 $ 38,640
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,130 2.09 1.12 $ 15.19 $ 31,580
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,970 1.92 1.03 $ 17.76 $ 36,950
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,900 2.31 1.23 $ 16.49 $ 34,300
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,660 1.30 0.69 $ 14.03 $ 29,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,530 1.54 0.82 $ 17.85 $ 37,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,290 1.62 0.86 $ 15.48 $ 32,200


Map of location quotient of recreation workers by area, May 2021


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 2,750 13.65 7.28 $ 12.78 $ 26,580
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 600 8.05 4.29 $ 15.21 $ 31,630
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 950 5.87 3.13 $ 12.82 $ 26,660
Ocean City, NJ 230 5.83 3.11 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
Tallahassee, FL 890 5.20 2.78 $ 11.84 $ 24,640
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 370 5.14 2.74 $ 12.28 $ 25,550
Lawrence, KS 220 4.72 2.52 $ 12.26 $ 25,510
Flagstaff, AZ 270 4.70 2.51 $ 16.18 $ 33,660
Manhattan, KS 160 4.41 2.35 $ 11.56 $ 24,040
The Villages, FL 140 4.32 2.31 $ 15.02 $ 31,240