Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

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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)
22,860 1.6 % $15.82 $32,920 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.24 $11.75 $15.32 $19.39 $23.51
Annual Wage (2) $19,220 $24,430 $31,870 $40,330 $48,910

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Nursing care facilities 7,000 $13.45 $27,970 1 17
General medical and surgical hospitals 4,370 $17.33 $36,050 2 8
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 2,730 $17.60 $36,600 3 7
State government (OES designation) 2,150 $18.05 $37,550 4 6
Community care facilities for the elderly 1,340 $13.12 $27,290 5 19

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 650 $24.25 $50,440 7 1
Elementary and secondary schools 110 $22.74 $47,290 18 2
Colleges and universities 130 $21.30 $44,300 17 3
Other schools and instruction 60 $18.95 $39,410 19 4
Local government (OES designation) 560 $18.66 $38,800 10 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 770 $19.03 $39,580 0.047% 328
North Dakota 130 $14.94 $31,060 0.041% 259
New Hampshire 200 $13.12 $27,290 0.033% 430
Louisiana 610 $13.88 $28,870 0.033% 394
Pennsylvania 1,700 $15.34 $31,910 0.031% 426

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Washington 210 $20.93 $43,520 0.008% 305
Vermont 60 $19.58 $40,720 0.021% 176
New York 2,590 $19.25 $40,030 0.031% 359
Connecticut 770 $19.03 $39,580 0.047% 328
California 1,150 $18.89 $39,300 0.008% 380

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fitchburg-Leominster, MA PMSA 40 $16.28 $33,870 0.076%
Alexandria, LA MSA 40 $14.12 $29,360 0.074%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 50 $12.05 $25,060 0.069%
Lima, OH MSA 50 $11.55 $24,010 0.068%
Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC MSA 130 $16.63 $34,590 0.066%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 80 $23.56 $49,010 0.009%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 110 $21.17 $44,030 0.008%
Newburgh, NY-PA PMSA 50 $20.69 $43,030 0.037%
Danbury, CT PMSA 30 $20.46 $42,550 0.034%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 50 $20.16 $41,940 0.060%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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