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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Recreational Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,980 2.5 % $ 25.91 $ 53,900 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Recreational Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.25 $ 18.20 $ 23.05 $ 29.55 $ 38.75
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,710 $ 37,850 $ 47,940 $ 61,470 $ 80,610


Industry profile for Recreational Therapists:

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 3,310 1.38 $ 27.05 $ 56,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,840 0.05 $ 26.97 $ 56,110
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,600 0.18 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,590 0.07 $ 27.92 $ 58,080
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,160 0.13 $ 19.75 $ 41,080

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 3,310 1.38 $ 27.05 $ 56,260
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 2,600 0.18 $ 20.78 $ 43,220
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 470 0.17 $ 25.99 $ 54,060
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,160 0.13 $ 19.75 $ 41,080
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 310 0.12 $ 20.31 $ 42,240

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) 1,000 0.05 $ 37.73 $ 78,490
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $ 34.15 $ 71,030
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 720 0.07 $ 29.77 $ 61,920
Child Day Care Services 40 (7) $ 28.90 $ 60,110
Elementary and Secondary Schools 230 (7) $ 28.50 $ 59,290


Geographic profile for Recreational Therapists:

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.



Map of employment of recreational therapists by state, May 2021


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 1,950 0.12 0.98 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
New York 1,530 0.18 1.46 $ 28.77 $ 59,850
Texas 1,100 0.09 0.74 $ 27.83 $ 57,890
Michigan 860 0.21 1.76 $ 24.41 $ 50,780
Florida 790 0.09 0.76 $ 24.39 $ 50,720


Map of location quotient of recreational therapists by state, May 2021


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 580 0.44 3.62 $ 16.39 $ 34,090
Iowa 340 0.23 1.90 $ 23.31 $ 48,480
Minnesota 580 0.21 1.77 $ 24.80 $ 51,580
Michigan 860 0.21 1.76 $ 24.41 $ 50,780
Utah 310 0.20 1.64 $ 21.78 $ 45,290


Map of annual mean wages of recreational therapists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Recreational Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,950 0.12 0.98 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
District of Columbia 70 0.11 0.93 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
New Jersey 450 0.12 0.97 $ 32.17 $ 66,920
Oregon 130 0.07 0.60 $ 30.66 $ 63,760
Connecticut 250 0.16 1.30 $ 29.64 $ 61,640



Map of employment of recreational therapists by area, May 2021


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 1,420 0.16 1.36 $ 30.43 $ 63,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 560 0.10 0.81 $ 29.38 $ 61,110
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 360 0.09 0.71 $ 27.53 $ 57,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 360 0.14 1.14 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 330 0.09 0.77 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 330 0.13 1.05 $ 25.03 $ 52,060
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 310 0.17 1.42 $ 24.16 $ 50,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 300 0.12 0.98 $ 26.86 $ 55,870
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 300 0.10 0.84 $ 28.00 $ 58,230
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 230 0.10 0.79 $ 23.66 $ 49,210


Map of location quotient of recreational therapists by area, May 2021


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 110 0.96 7.97 $ 41.69 $ 86,720
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.65 5.43 $ 25.54 $ 53,120
Iowa City, IA 40 0.50 4.12 $ 25.44 $ 52,910
Topeka, KS 50 0.46 3.79 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Provo-Orem, UT 120 0.45 3.76 $ 18.88 $ 39,280
Columbus, GA-AL 50 0.45 3.74 $ 15.65 $ 32,560
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.36 3.02 $ 39.61 $ 82,390
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 50 0.36 3.00 $ 25.40 $ 52,840
Macon, GA 30 0.35 2.87 $ 18.57 $ 38,630
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 170 0.33 2.73 $ 22.98 $ 47,800


Map of annual mean wages of recreational therapists by area, May 2021


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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 110 0.96 7.97 $ 41.69 $ 86,720
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.36 3.02 $ 39.61 $ 82,390
Fresno, CA 110 0.29 2.40 $ 37.70 $ 78,410
Stockton-Lodi, CA 40 0.16 1.36 $ 37.48 $ 77,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 200 0.13 1.08 $ 36.16 $ 75,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 160 0.07 0.58 $ 35.87 $ 74,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.66 $ 35.11 $ 73,020
Trenton, NJ 40 0.16 1.29 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 0.32 $ 33.02 $ 68,680
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 120 0.12 0.98 $ 32.71 $ 68,040

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 330 0.87 7.22 $ 15.48 $ 32,200
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 1.02 8.44 $ 18.25 $ 37,970
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 2.57 $ 27.47 $ 57,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.74 $ 24.19 $ 50,320
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.02 $ 25.82 $ 53,710

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 80 1.02 8.44 $ 18.25 $ 37,970
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 330 0.87 7.22 $ 15.48 $ 32,200
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 3.72 $ 25.50 $ 53,040
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 2.90 $ 22.53 $ 46,860
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.65 $ 18.97 $ 39,470

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)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 2.57 $ 27.47 $ 57,130
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.49 $ 26.27 $ 54,640
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.02 $ 25.82 $ 53,710
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 3.72 $ 25.50 $ 53,040
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.74 $ 24.19 $ 50,320


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022