Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
State profile for this occupation
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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)
265,640 1.8 % $10.12 $21,040 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.24 $7.24 $8.94 $11.73 $16.07
Annual Wage (2) $12,970 $15,060 $18,600 $24,390 $33,420

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
Local government (OES designation) 104,200 $10.62 $22,080 1 17
Civic and social organizations 38,830 $8.78 $18,260 2 47
Nursing care facilities 27,690 $10.17 $21,150 3 24
Other amusement and recreation industries 15,270 $8.80 $18,310 4 46
Individual and family services 14,880 $9.87 $20,520 5 28

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Performing arts companies 260 $19.45 $40,460 40 1
State government (OES designation) 3,580 $16.54 $34,400 8 2
Federal government (OES designation) 3,220 $14.26 $29,660 12 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 810 $13.52 $28,120 27 4
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers (6) $12.81 $26,650 (6) 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 6,070 $12.31 $25,600 0.370% 541
Vermont 890 $10.26 $21,330 0.306% 449
Iowa 4,180 $9.08 $18,890 0.296% 607
New York 24,040 $10.12 $21,040 0.291% 677
Hawaii 1,550 $12.04 $25,050 0.280% 410

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 750 $13.50 $28,080 0.126% 353
Connecticut 6,070 $12.31 $25,600 0.370% 541
Hawaii 1,550 $12.04 $25,050 0.280% 410
Washington 5,570 $11.87 $24,690 0.217% 610
Arizona 4,560 $11.77 $24,480 0.202% 504

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
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 520 $8.37 $17,420 0.731%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 630 $8.92 $18,560 0.640%
Miami, FL PMSA 5,180 $8.99 $18,710 0.524%
Elmira, NY MSA 200 $11.04 $22,950 0.510%
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 330 $10.14 $21,100 0.501%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 250 $14.76 $30,700 0.174%
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 150 $14.67 $30,510 0.164%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 340 $14.61 $30,380 0.145%
Bridgeport, CT PMSA 540 $13.98 $29,080 0.292%
San Jose, CA PMSA 3,340 $13.85 $28,800 0.381%

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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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