Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
19,180 2.0 % $21.29 $44,280 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.70 $15.89 $20.33 $26.21 $32.35
Annual Wage (2) $26,410 $33,040 $42,280 $54,530 $67,280


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) 4,380 0.26 $18.61 $38,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,380 0.06 $23.25 $48,360
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,570 1.10 $22.51 $46,820
State Government (OES Designation) 1,840 0.08 $21.88 $45,500
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,200 0.15 $17.75 $36,910

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 2,570 1.10 $22.51 $46,820
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,380 0.26 $18.61 $38,710
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 590 0.26 $22.84 $47,510
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,200 0.15 $17.75 $36,910
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 760 0.11 $19.55 $40,670

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 $31.44 $65,400
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $28.47 $59,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,380 0.06 $23.25 $48,360
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $23.01 $47,850
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 590 0.26 $22.84 $47,510


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 2,370 0.28 1.88 $24.51 $50,980
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.86 $20.48 $42,590
California 1,220 0.09 0.58 $28.67 $59,630
Massachusetts 1,120 0.35 2.37 $18.52 $38,520
Illinois 910 0.16 1.09 $19.98 $41,550




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 600 0.37 2.53 $23.91 $49,730
Massachusetts 1,120 0.35 2.37 $18.52 $38,520
Mississippi 310 0.29 1.97 $15.76 $32,780
New York 2,370 0.28 1.88 $24.51 $50,980
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 1.86 $20.48 $42,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,220 0.09 0.58 $28.67 $59,630
Oregon 90 0.05 0.37 $25.57 $53,190
New Jersey 460 0.12 0.83 $24.78 $51,550
New York 2,370 0.28 1.88 $24.51 $50,980
Alaska 30 0.10 0.71 $24.46 $50,880





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 1,270 0.25 1.67 $25.57 $53,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 600 0.33 2.23 $21.15 $43,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 1.04 $20.43 $42,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 520 0.31 2.07 $19.39 $40,320
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.32 2.17 $23.83 $49,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 330 0.14 0.98 $19.64 $40,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.53 $28.83 $59,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.88 $22.57 $46,940
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.27 1.81 $24.72 $51,410
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 250 0.15 1.00 $18.12 $37,700




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)
Alexandria, LA 80 1.22 8.30 $16.07 $33,430
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.90 6.13 $16.08 $33,450
Elmira, NY 30 0.89 6.06 $22.15 $46,070
Napa, CA 50 0.86 5.84 $32.46 $67,510
St. Joseph, MO-KS 40 0.85 5.78 $14.39 $29,920
Utica-Rome, NY 80 0.64 4.37 $22.12 $46,010
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 30 0.62 4.23 $21.08 $43,840
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.59 4.03 $17.16 $35,700
Erie, PA 70 0.55 3.72 $16.19 $33,670
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 0.52 3.54 $16.32 $33,960




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.31 2.13 $32.71 $68,030
Napa, CA 50 0.86 5.84 $32.46 $67,510
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 40 0.24 1.60 $31.86 $66,270
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.37 $31.45 $65,430
Fresno, CA 40 0.12 0.80 $29.74 $61,860
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.32 $29.63 $61,630
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.29 $28.93 $60,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 100 0.09 0.61 $28.84 $60,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 0.53 $28.83 $59,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.32 $27.38 $56,960

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 120 0.32 2.21 $19.33 $40,210
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 3.32 $23.80 $49,510
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 80 0.35 2.40 $14.29 $29,730
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 2.27 $23.56 $49,010
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.39 2.64 $14.05 $29,230

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 0.94 6.38 $16.80 $34,930
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 3.53 $22.06 $45,880
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 3.32 $23.80 $49,510
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 3.03 $18.81 $39,120
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 2.99 $23.67 $49,240

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.07 $25.12 $52,250
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 3.32 $23.80 $49,510
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 2.99 $23.67 $49,240
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 2.27 $23.56 $49,010
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 2.23 $22.65 $47,100


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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