Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
20,830 1.8 % $19.92 $41,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.85 $14.86 $18.95 $24.38 $30.13
Annual Wage (2) $24,640 $30,910 $39,410 $50,700 $62,670


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)
Nursing Care Facilities 4,870 0.29 $17.52 $36,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,870 0.08 $21.95 $45,650
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,700 1.12 $20.82 $43,300
State Government (OES Designation) 1,840 0.08 $20.68 $43,020
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 1,410 0.19 $16.83 $35,010

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 2,700 1.12 $20.82 $43,300
Nursing Care Facilities 4,870 0.29 $17.52 $36,440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 540 0.25 $22.45 $46,690
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 1,410 0.19 $16.83 $35,010
Other Residential Care Facilities 220 0.13 $17.74 $36,890

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) 880 0.04 $31.03 $64,540
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $25.42 $52,880
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 80 (7) $22.73 $47,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 540 0.25 $22.45 $46,690
Employment Services 70 (7) $22.25 $46,290


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 2,350 0.28 1.72 $22.79 $47,400
Pennsylvania 1,760 0.32 1.95 $20.08 $41,770
Illinois 1,280 0.23 1.41 $19.42 $40,390
Massachusetts 880 0.28 1.73 $18.72 $38,950
California 840 0.06 0.37 $27.41 $57,020




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)
Connecticut 640 0.40 2.43 $23.30 $48,460
North Dakota 140 0.39 2.37 $15.98 $33,240
Mississippi 390 0.37 2.25 $16.29 $33,890
Pennsylvania 1,760 0.32 1.95 $20.08 $41,770
Massachusetts 880 0.28 1.73 $18.72 $38,950




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 100 0.16 0.96 $27.67 $57,560
California 840 0.06 0.37 $27.41 $57,020
Washington 280 0.10 0.63 $24.04 $50,000
Connecticut 640 0.40 2.43 $23.30 $48,460
Oregon 120 0.08 0.46 $23.28 $48,420

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.27 1.62 $23.44 $48,750
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.21 1.29 $20.08 $41,760
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 610 0.34 2.05 $21.07 $43,830
Pittsburgh, PA 380 0.35 2.14 $18.14 $37,720
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 370 0.31 1.90 $22.89 $47,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 370 0.17 1.03 $18.32 $38,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 370 0.22 1.37 $20.12 $41,850
St. Louis, MO-IL 280 0.22 1.36 $17.58 $36,570
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.50 3.08 $25.29 $52,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 260 0.16 0.96 $21.23 $44,160




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)
Goldsboro, NC 60 1.42 8.69 $19.11 $39,740
Alexandria, LA 60 1.02 6.20 $15.58 $32,410
La Crosse, WI-MN 50 0.77 4.72 (8) (8)
Jackson, MS 180 0.74 4.49 $16.50 $34,320
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 70 0.66 4.02 $16.93 $35,220
Napa, CA 40 0.59 3.58 $32.59 $67,780
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.58 3.53 $15.32 $31,870
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.54 3.30 $16.28 $33,860
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 70 0.54 3.28 $19.39 $40,340
Utica-Rome, NY 70 0.53 3.26 $20.03 $41,660




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.26 $33.37 $69,400
Napa, CA 40 0.59 3.58 $32.59 $67,780
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.07 0.42 $30.44 $63,310
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.06 0.34 $28.22 $58,710
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.32 $27.87 $57,970
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.33 $27.04 $56,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.05 0.33 $26.64 $55,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.26 $26.44 $54,990
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 60 0.05 0.29 $25.97 $54,030
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 280 0.50 3.08 $25.29 $52,600

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.42 2.56 $15.16 $31,540
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.45 2.76 $24.58 $51,130
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 4.20 $13.74 $28,580
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 3.09 $20.79 $43,240
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 2.57 $13.91 $28,940

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)
East Central North Dakota 40 0.90 5.52 $15.27 $31,770
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.69 4.20 $13.74 $28,580
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 3.10 $18.80 $39,100
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 3.09 $20.79 $43,240
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 3.06 $16.49 $34,300

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.45 2.76 $24.58 $51,130
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.58 $23.96 $49,840
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.43 2.65 $23.21 $48,280
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 1.72 $21.50 $44,720
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 2.95 $21.06 $43,810


About May 2010 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 mean 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 OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011