Recreational Therapists Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for recreational therapists in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of recreational therapists among California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Recreational Therapists in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,690
25th Percentile Wage
$50,130
50th Percentile Wage
$69,030
75th Percentile Wage
$78,000
90th Percentile Wage
$83,570

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreational therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $83,570. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $69,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,690.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.20
25th Percentile Wage
$24.10
50th Percentile Wage
$33.19
75th Percentile Wage
$37.50
90th Percentile Wage
$40.18

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for recreational therapists in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $40.18. The median hourly salary is $33.19. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.20.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of recreational therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201669,0300.26%7.19%
201568,8507.64%-
201463,590-4.75%-
201366,6103.81%-
201264,070--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Recreational Therapists in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of recreational therapists in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of recreational therapists in state of California ranges from $36,450 to $78,960. The highest paying area for recreational therapists in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $78,960. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Rosa-Petaluma (mean annual salary $78,850). The lowest paying area is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $36,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$78,960
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$78,850
Stockton
$75,590
Vallejo-Fairfield
$75,040
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$74,240
Napa
$73,040
Fresno
$71,650
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$71,120
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$66,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$62,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$61,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$59,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$53,340
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$53,110
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$36,450


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