Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes "Recreation Workers" (39-9032).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
18,490 2.6 % $23.88 $49,670 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.21 $17.78 $22.92 $29.37 $35.68
Annual Wage (2) $29,570 $36,970 $47,680 $61,090 $74,210


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,370 0.06 $25.11 $52,240
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,320 0.20 $20.64 $42,930
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,870 1.20 $24.68 $51,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,540 0.07 $25.41 $52,860
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,090 0.12 $19.15 $39,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,870 1.20 $24.68 $51,340
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 690 0.27 $24.13 $50,200
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,320 0.20 $20.64 $42,930
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 900 0.14 $22.81 $47,440
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,090 0.12 $19.15 $39,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Schools and Instruction 80 0.02 $35.09 $72,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 980 0.05 $32.96 $68,550
Home Health Care Services 290 0.02 $26.34 $54,790
Employment Services 30 (7) $26.10 $54,290
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 120 (7) $26.03 $54,140


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,590 0.17 1.33 $25.99 $54,060
California 1,520 0.09 0.70 $32.94 $68,510
Pennsylvania 1,340 0.23 1.79 $22.45 $46,700
Illinois 1,050 0.18 1.36 $23.36 $48,590
Texas 960 0.08 0.62 $21.22 $44,130




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas 390 0.29 2.21 $16.68 $34,680
Utah 390 0.27 2.10 $21.99 $45,740
Connecticut 450 0.27 2.09 $26.19 $54,460
Nebraska 240 0.25 1.92 $19.07 $39,660
Massachusetts 870 0.25 1.90 $24.39 $50,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,520 0.09 0.70 $32.94 $68,510
Oregon 130 0.07 0.55 $27.74 $57,690
Nevada 100 0.08 0.61 $27.71 $57,630
New Jersey 430 0.11 0.82 $27.52 $57,240
District of Columbia 160 0.23 1.74 $26.27 $54,640



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 930 0.14 1.07 $27.45 $57,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 720 0.37 2.82 $25.41 $52,860
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 1.24 $25.66 $53,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 390 0.20 1.58 $22.90 $47,630
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 370 0.20 1.55 $27.29 $56,770
St. Louis, MO-IL 320 0.24 1.84 $22.47 $46,740
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 310 0.24 1.82 $24.60 $51,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 0.52 $33.26 $69,190
Kansas City, MO-KS 300 0.28 2.16 $20.50 $42,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 0.90 $25.10 $52,220


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 90 1.19 9.17 $33.55 $69,790
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 60 0.87 6.74 $19.05 $39,630
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 60 0.68 5.25 $20.60 $42,840
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 80 0.66 5.09 $35.71 $74,270
Alexandria, LA 40 0.65 5.04 $21.79 $45,320
Altoona, PA 30 0.54 4.18 $30.04 $62,470
Provo-Orem, UT 120 0.52 4.01 $20.07 $41,750
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.50 3.82 $35.47 $73,770
Utica-Rome, NY 60 0.45 3.50 $23.49 $48,860
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 0.42 3.24 $18.40 $38,280


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Stockton-Lodi, CA 60 0.26 2.03 $38.31 $79,680
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.29 $38.14 $79,330
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 80 0.66 5.09 $35.71 $74,270
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 1.12 $35.54 $73,910
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.50 3.82 $35.47 $73,770
Napa, CA 90 1.19 9.17 $33.55 $69,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 150 0.11 0.81 $33.49 $69,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.07 0.52 $33.26 $69,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.09 0.70 $33.13 $68,900
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.17 1.31 $32.51 $67,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 3.20 $22.74 $47,310
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 2.74 $18.13 $37,700
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 4.75 $19.21 $39,960
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 1.53 $21.22 $44,130
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 5.23 $17.20 $35,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.68 5.23 $17.20 $35,770
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 4.75 $19.21 $39,960
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.60 $22.98 $47,800
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 3.20 $22.74 $47,310
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.36 2.74 $18.13 $37,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.46 $25.39 $52,820
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.31 $25.09 $52,190
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.60 $22.98 $47,800
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 3.20 $22.74 $47,310
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.06 $21.96 $45,680


About May 2017 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018