Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
19,650 2.1 % $20.65 $42,940 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.32 $15.50 $19.74 $25.27 $31.27
Annual Wage (2) $25,620 $32,250 $41,060 $52,560 $65,040


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 4,560 0.27 $18.26 $37,980
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,620 0.07 $22.61 $47,020
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,500 1.07 $21.44 $44,600
State Government (OES Designation) 1,630 0.07 $21.52 $44,770
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 1,310 0.17 $17.21 $35,790

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 2,500 1.07 $21.44 $44,600
Nursing Care Facilities 4,560 0.27 $18.26 $37,980
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 540 0.25 $22.46 $46,710
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 1,310 0.17 $17.21 $35,790
Other Residential Care Facilities 190 0.12 $18.10 $37,660

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) 890 0.04 $31.20 $64,900
Home Health Care Services 130 0.01 $26.83 $55,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $22.94 $47,710
Employment Services 80 (7) $22.81 $47,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,620 0.07 $22.61 $47,020


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 2,450 0.29 1.90 $23.50 $48,880
Pennsylvania 1,550 0.28 1.82 $21.01 $43,710
Illinois 1,180 0.21 1.38 $19.50 $40,560
Massachusetts 980 0.31 2.03 $18.32 $38,110
California 910 0.06 0.42 $27.60 $57,400




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 620 0.38 2.51 $24.24 $50,420
North Dakota 120 0.32 2.06 $16.66 $34,650
Mississippi 340 0.31 2.05 $16.26 $33,820
Massachusetts 980 0.31 2.03 $18.32 $38,110
New York 2,450 0.29 1.90 $23.50 $48,880




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 90 0.14 0.91 $28.25 $58,770
California 910 0.06 0.42 $27.60 $57,400
Oregon 100 0.07 0.43 $24.99 $51,990
Connecticut 620 0.38 2.51 $24.24 $50,420
New Jersey 400 0.11 0.69 $24.17 $50,270





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 1,370 0.27 1.77 $23.96 $49,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 690 0.19 1.25 $19.94 $41,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 610 0.34 2.19 $21.28 $44,270
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.28 1.82 $19.05 $39,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 380 0.17 1.10 $18.30 $38,070
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 370 0.31 2.01 $24.34 $50,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.73 $24.72 $51,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.13 0.88 $21.33 $44,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 210 0.39 2.52 $29.00 $60,320
Pittsburgh, PA 210 0.19 1.23 $20.43 $42,490




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)
La Crosse, WI-MN 90 1.26 8.23 $27.59 $57,380
Alexandria, LA 70 1.19 7.77 $14.81 $30,800
Worcester, MA-CT 170 0.73 4.75 $16.12 $33,530
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 70 0.69 4.48 $16.05 $33,380
Utica-Rome, NY 80 0.67 4.39 $20.81 $43,290
Jackson, MS 150 0.61 3.96 (8) (8)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 70 0.52 3.40 $20.00 $41,590
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.51 3.32 $15.00 $31,200
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.48 3.12 $15.78 $32,830
Topeka, KS 50 0.46 3.01 $20.99 $43,660




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 60 0.06 0.38 $32.16 $66,900
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.21 1.39 $29.77 $61,910
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 210 0.39 2.52 $29.00 $60,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.05 0.35 $27.75 $57,720
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.29 $27.67 $57,550
La Crosse, WI-MN 90 1.26 8.23 $27.59 $57,380
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 30 0.04 0.26 $27.45 $57,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 60 0.05 0.34 $27.17 $56,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.10 0.68 $26.40 $54,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 70 0.06 0.38 $26.21 $54,510

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)
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 3.28 $25.62 $53,280
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.41 2.68 $13.76 $28,610
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.45 2.93 $16.85 $35,050
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 3.44 $24.00 $49,920
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 3.51 $19.19 $39,910

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 1.01 6.59 $17.02 $35,400
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 3.51 $19.19 $39,910
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.53 3.46 $21.23 $44,150
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 3.44 $24.00 $49,920
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 3.28 $25.62 $53,280

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)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 0.93 $29.21 $60,750
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 3.28 $25.62 $53,280
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 3.44 $24.00 $49,920
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.09 $23.74 $49,370
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.15 $23.26 $48,380


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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