Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
18,640 1.9 % $21.88 $45,520 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.04 $16.30 $20.76 $26.91 $33.15
Annual Wage (2) $27,120 $33,910 $43,180 $55,970 $68,950


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) 4,120 0.25 $19.69 $40,950
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,500 0.07 $23.52 $48,920
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,490 1.09 $23.41 $48,700
State Government (OES Designation) 1,770 0.08 $22.02 $45,790
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,100 0.14 $18.38 $38,240

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 2,490 1.09 $23.41 $48,700
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 660 0.28 $23.69 $49,280
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 4,120 0.25 $19.69 $40,950
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 1,100 0.14 $18.38 $38,240
Other Residential Care Facilities 150 0.10 $17.75 $36,930

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) 910 0.05 $31.37 $65,240
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 190 0.01 $23.96 $49,830
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 660 0.28 $23.69 $49,280
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,500 0.07 $23.52 $48,920
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,490 1.09 $23.41 $48,700


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 2,100 0.24 1.73 $24.37 $50,690
Pennsylvania 1,450 0.26 1.84 $20.42 $42,480
California 1,420 0.10 0.69 $30.22 $62,850
Massachusetts 1,040 0.32 2.28 $18.37 $38,200
Illinois 920 0.16 1.15 $21.10 $43,890




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)
Massachusetts 1,040 0.32 2.28 $18.37 $38,200
Connecticut 520 0.32 2.26 $25.39 $52,810
Pennsylvania 1,450 0.26 1.84 $20.42 $42,480
New York 2,100 0.24 1.73 $24.37 $50,690
Mississippi 260 0.24 1.68 $16.00 $33,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,420 0.10 0.69 $30.22 $62,850
Connecticut 520 0.32 2.26 $25.39 $52,810
New Jersey 460 0.12 0.86 $25.15 $52,320
Oregon 120 0.08 0.54 $24.40 $50,740
New York 2,100 0.24 1.73 $24.37 $50,690





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 980 0.19 1.32 $25.67 $53,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 580 0.32 2.26 $21.61 $44,950
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.15 1.08 $21.94 $45,630
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.29 2.09 $18.60 $38,700
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.31 2.19 $23.94 $49,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.61 $30.24 $62,910
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 320 0.14 0.98 $19.87 $41,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 0.91 $23.55 $48,980
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 260 0.23 1.67 $24.54 $51,050
St. Louis, MO-IL 230 0.18 1.28 $20.05 $41,710




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)
Elmira, NY 30 0.95 6.76 $22.86 $47,540
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 40 0.91 6.48 $21.90 $45,540
Worcester, MA-CT 170 0.68 4.86 $16.33 $33,960
Alexandria, LA 40 0.65 4.62 $22.07 $45,900
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 60 0.60 4.26 $15.55 $32,340
Johnstown, PA 30 0.59 4.21 $22.00 $45,750
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 60 0.58 4.15 $18.16 $37,770
Utica-Rome, NY 60 0.51 3.62 $23.53 $48,950
Erie, PA 60 0.50 3.55 $16.26 $33,810
Provo-Orem, UT 90 0.48 3.38 $18.43 $38,340




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)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 30 0.17 1.23 $35.87 $74,600
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.39 2.76 $34.14 $71,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 160 0.13 0.93 $33.51 $69,700
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.45 $32.65 $67,900
Fresno, CA 50 0.15 1.05 $32.22 $67,010
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.37 $30.91 $64,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.61 $30.24 $62,910
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 100 0.18 1.29 $27.55 $57,290
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 230 0.41 2.89 $27.50 $57,210
Stockton, CA 30 0.17 1.21 $26.77 $55,690

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 4.01 $23.63 $49,150
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.06 $15.59 $32,430
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.41 2.88 $15.35 $31,920
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.18 1.30 $13.47 $28,020
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.28 2.02 $20.20 $42,010

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 1.03 7.34 $17.05 $35,470
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.78 5.56 $16.54 $34,400
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 4.01 $23.63 $49,150
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 3.19 $22.27 $46,320
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 3.11 $15.80 $32,870

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)
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.91 $27.39 $56,970
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 4.01 $23.63 $49,150
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 2.04 $23.60 $49,080
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 3.19 $22.27 $46,320
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 1.86 $22.06 $45,890


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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