Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
17,950 2.3 % $22.14 $46,060 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.05 $16.51 $21.15 $27.34 $33.28
Annual Wage (2) $27,150 $34,330 $44,000 $56,860 $69,230


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 (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,750 0.23 $20.04 $41,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,470 0.07 $23.81 $49,520
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,270 1.00 $22.47 $46,730
State Government (OES Designation) 1,600 0.07 $22.71 $47,250
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,050 0.13 $18.54 $38,560

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 2,270 1.00 $22.47 $46,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 600 0.24 $23.81 $49,520
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,750 0.23 $20.04 $41,680
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,050 0.13 $18.54 $38,560
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 920 0.12 $22.59 $46,990

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) 960 0.05 $31.51 $65,540
Home Health Care Services 100 0.01 $24.19 $50,320
Employment Services 50 (7) $23.99 $49,910
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 600 0.24 $23.81 $49,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,470 0.07 $23.81 $49,520


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 1,860 0.21 1.59 $24.64 $51,260
California 1,460 0.10 0.73 $28.72 $59,730
Pennsylvania 1,400 0.25 1.87 $20.68 $43,010
Illinois 980 0.17 1.28 $21.05 $43,780
Massachusetts 950 0.29 2.15 $19.25 $40,040



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)
Massachusetts 950 0.29 2.15 $19.25 $40,040
Connecticut 460 0.28 2.10 $26.34 $54,780
Pennsylvania 1,400 0.25 1.87 $20.68 $43,010
Mississippi 260 0.24 1.78 $16.40 $34,120
District of Columbia 160 0.24 1.77 $24.33 $50,600



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,460 0.10 0.73 $28.72 $59,730
Connecticut 460 0.28 2.10 $26.34 $54,780
New Jersey 610 0.16 1.18 $25.97 $54,010
New York 1,860 0.21 1.59 $24.64 $51,260
District of Columbia 160 0.24 1.77 $24.33 $50,600




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 960 0.18 1.35 $25.89 $53,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 1.26 $21.84 $45,420
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 550 0.30 2.24 $21.80 $45,340
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.26 1.97 $19.50 $40,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.10 0.76 $27.00 $56,160
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 320 0.25 1.90 $24.23 $50,390
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 250 0.11 0.80 $23.22 $48,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 0.88 $20.14 $41,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 210 0.11 0.85 $23.67 $49,230
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 1.59 $26.84 $55,830



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)
Lebanon, PA 60 1.12 8.43 $18.08 $37,610
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 40 0.88 6.64 $23.28 $48,430
Johnstown, PA 40 0.74 5.58 $22.34 $46,470
Alexandria, LA 40 0.65 4.87 $21.94 $45,640
St. Joseph, MO-KS 30 0.63 4.77 $15.27 $31,750
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 60 0.57 4.32 $16.14 $33,580
Worcester, MA-CT 140 0.55 4.12 $15.15 $31,520
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.55 4.11 $20.32 $42,260
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.52 3.93 $19.00 $39,520
State College, PA 30 0.51 3.81 $20.14 $41,880



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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.31 $71,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.37 $34.07 $70,870
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.33 2.51 $33.06 $68,760
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.71 $65,960
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 110 0.20 1.48 $29.85 $62,080
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.07 0.50 $29.38 $61,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 0.68 $28.63 $59,550
Fresno, CA 40 0.11 0.82 $28.50 $59,280
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 200 0.35 2.66 $28.13 $58,510
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.47 $27.78 $57,780

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 130 0.33 2.48 $15.05 $31,300
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 2.58 $15.15 $31,520
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 3.08 $15.87 $33,010
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 3.06 $20.96 $43,600
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 2.88 $18.88 $39,270

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 3.43 $16.38 $34,060
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 3.06 $20.96 $43,600
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 3.08 $15.87 $33,010
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 2.88 $18.88 $39,270
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.80 $22.10 $45,960

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 1.93 $27.92 $58,080
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.70 $23.83 $49,570
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.02 $47,890
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.80 $22.10 $45,960
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 1.99 $21.84 $45,420


About May 2014 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:

May 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015