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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
358,750 1.1 % $14.10 $29,330 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.07 $10.66 $12.67 $16.17 $21.15
Annual Wage (2) $18,860 $22,170 $26,350 $33,630 $44,000


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 114,640 2.07 $14.17 $29,460
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 37,970 2.37 $14.28 $29,690
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 37,240 2.76 $13.37 $27,810
Civic and Social Organizations 36,690 9.49 $13.13 $27,310
Individual and Family Services 24,960 0.98 $14.19 $29,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps 6,780 11.47 $13.36 $27,790
Civic and Social Organizations 36,690 9.49 $13.13 $27,310
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 37,240 2.76 $13.37 $27,810
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 22,740 2.40 $14.70 $30,570
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 37,970 2.37 $14.28 $29,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,620 0.08 $28.40 $59,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,360 0.11 $19.52 $40,600
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 60 0.12 $18.86 $39,240
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 300 0.11 $16.75 $34,840
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 400 0.22 $16.49 $34,310


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)
California 48,360 2.78 1.14 $15.57 $32,380
New York 30,000 3.15 1.29 $16.57 $34,460
Texas 21,500 1.73 0.71 $12.24 $25,460
Florida 19,300 2.19 0.90 $13.98 $29,080
Illinois 18,400 3.05 1.25 $13.25 $27,560




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)
Hawaii 2,980 4.69 1.92 $16.55 $34,420
Vermont 1,080 3.53 1.44 $15.09 $31,380
New Hampshire 2,270 3.43 1.40 $14.95 $31,100
New Mexico 2,800 3.40 1.39 $11.76 $24,470
Connecticut 5,630 3.38 1.38 $15.50 $32,250




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 600 0.83 0.34 $24.06 $50,050
Alaska 600 1.89 0.77 $18.42 $38,300
South Dakota 680 1.60 0.66 $17.39 $36,160
Washington 6,440 1.94 0.80 $16.81 $34,960
New York 30,000 3.15 1.29 $16.57 $34,460





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 30,430 3.15 1.29 $16.41 $34,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 16,710 2.68 1.10 $15.46 $32,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,940 2.77 1.13 $13.48 $28,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8,190 2.58 1.05 $14.13 $29,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 8,150 3.30 1.35 $17.54 $36,490
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,710 2.40 0.98 $15.42 $32,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,320 2.20 0.90 $14.07 $29,270
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,230 1.70 0.70 $12.03 $25,020
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,100 2.87 1.18 $13.70 $28,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 5,900 2.99 1.23 $14.49 $30,140