Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
17,880 2.4 % $22.98 $47,790 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.47 $16.98 $22.06 $28.56 $34.52
Annual Wage (2) $28,020 $35,310 $45,890 $59,400 $71,790


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,410 0.06 $24.19 $50,310
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,410 0.21 $20.67 $43,000
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,510 1.09 $24.00 $49,920
State Government (OES Designation) 1,570 0.07 $23.84 $49,590
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 970 0.11 $18.59 $38,660

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 2,510 1.09 $24.00 $49,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 600 0.24 $24.14 $50,220
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 3,410 0.21 $20.67 $43,000
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 970 0.11 $18.59 $38,660
State Government (OES Designation) 1,570 0.07 $23.84 $49,590

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) 970 0.05 $31.76 $66,050
Employment Services 40 (7) $26.19 $54,480
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 510 0.06 $25.39 $52,800
Home Health Care Services 120 0.01 $24.67 $51,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,410 0.06 $24.19 $50,310


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 1,720 0.19 1.48 $25.37 $52,760
California 1,710 0.11 0.85 $30.76 $63,990
Pennsylvania 1,310 0.23 1.77 $20.75 $43,150
Illinois 1,060 0.18 1.39 $22.33 $46,440
Massachusetts 820 0.24 1.85 $20.25 $42,130




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)
District of Columbia 180 0.26 2.04 $25.41 $52,860
Connecticut 430 0.26 2.02 $27.44 $57,080
Massachusetts 820 0.24 1.85 $20.25 $42,130
Pennsylvania 1,310 0.23 1.77 $20.75 $43,150
Utah 290 0.22 1.67 $19.98 $41,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,710 0.11 0.85 $30.76 $63,990
Connecticut 430 0.26 2.02 $27.44 $57,080
Arizona 330 0.13 0.98 $26.78 $55,710
New Jersey 490 0.13 0.97 $26.18 $54,460
District of Columbia 180 0.26 2.04 $25.41 $52,860





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 980 0.15 1.17 $26.50 $55,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 570 0.16 1.24 $24.81 $51,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 410 0.23 1.80 $20.51 $42,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.09 0.72 $28.73 $59,750
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 320 0.25 1.93 $24.30 $50,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 310 0.16 1.27 $26.81 $55,760
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.29 2.27 $20.79 $43,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 0.88 $24.42 $50,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 240 0.19 1.43 $35.55 $73,940
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 230 0.18 1.35 $22.96 $47,750




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)
Napa, CA 80 1.08 8.31 (8) (8)
Lebanon, PA 50 0.94 7.27 $17.92 $37,270
Alexandria, LA 40 0.69 5.29 $22.53 $46,860
Johnstown, PA 40 0.66 5.09 $24.16 $50,260
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 60 0.64 4.95 $16.21 $33,720
Altoona, PA 30 0.54 4.19 $27.17 $56,500
Provo-Orem, UT 110 0.52 4.00 $18.74 $38,970
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.49 3.79 $34.89 $72,570
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 90 0.49 3.75 $20.41 $42,460
Ann Arbor, MI 100 0.46 3.51 $23.73 $49,350




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-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.33 $36.74 $76,420
Stockton-Lodi, CA 70 0.33 2.55 $36.66 $76,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 240 0.19 1.43 $35.55 $73,940
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.49 3.79 $34.89 $72,570
Fresno, CA 60 0.16 1.27 $33.77 $70,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.52 $32.05 $66,650
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 90 0.16 1.22 $31.57 $65,660
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.28 2.18 $31.51 $65,540
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 90 0.10 0.76 $31.29 $65,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.39 $30.46 $63,350

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.39 3.04 $18.52 $38,530
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 1.17 9.00 $17.05 $35,470
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 5.17 $15.95 $33,170
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.87 $21.71 $45,150
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 2.09 $22.59 $46,990

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 70 1.17 9.00 $17.05 $35,470
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 5.17 $15.95 $33,170
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.61 4.74 $17.94 $37,310
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 3.75 $22.36 $46,500
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 3.43 $21.31 $44,330

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.79 $22.99 $47,820
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 2.09 $22.59 $46,990
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 3.75 $22.36 $46,500
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.87 $21.71 $45,150
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 3.43 $21.31 $44,330


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016