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 amongst California metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,200
25th Percentile Wage
$60,120
50th Percentile Wage
$71,380
75th Percentile Wage
$79,330
90th Percentile Wage
$84,030

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 $84,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $71,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,200.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of recreational therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$71,380
3.29% 10.24%
2016
$69,030
0.26% -
2015
$68,850
7.64% -
2014
$63,590
-4.75% -
2013
$66,610
3.81% -
2012
$64,070
- -

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 $79,720. The highest paying area for recreational therapists in California is Stockton with a median annual salary of $79,720. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $79,490). The lowest paying area is Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine with a median annual salary of $36,450.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Stockton
$79,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$79,490
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$75,080
Vallejo-Fairfield
$75,040
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$72,670
Napa
$72,610
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$71,990
Fresno
$71,840
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$71,370
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$70,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$70,200
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$69,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$68,630
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$53,340
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$36,450




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