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Highest Paying Cities for Recreational Therapists

The top 100 highest paying cities for recreational therapists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of recreational therapists in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $78,960, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California is the highest paying city for recreational therapists. It is followed by Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California (average annual salary $78,850). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of recreational therapists in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Recreational Therapists

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$78,960
40
2 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
$78,850
30
3 Stockton, California
$75,590
80
4 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$75,040
60
5 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$74,240
220
6 Napa, California
$73,040
80
7 Fresno, California
$71,650
50
8 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$71,120
130
9 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$66,020
100
10 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$65,900
60
11 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$65,010
90
12 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$64,820
110
13 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$64,100
30
14 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$62,880
80
15 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$61,690
90
16 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$60,450
240
17 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$59,990
80
18 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$59,410
380
19 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$57,540
50
20 New Haven, Connecticut
$57,390
50
21 Newark-Union, Pennsylvania
$56,750
200
22 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$56,510
60
23 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York
$56,230
60
24 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$55,940
130
25 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$55,700
70
26 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona
$55,240
450
27 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$54,990
1,500
28 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$54,260
960
29 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$53,910
60
30 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$53,830
n/a
31 Camden, New Jersey
$53,660
90
32 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$53,340
470
33 Syracuse, New York
$53,260
40
34 Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan
$53,160
30
35 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$53,160
360
36 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$53,110
110
37 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$53,090
220
38 Binghamton, New York
$52,890
40
39 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$52,680
80
40 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$51,900
260
41 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$51,740
40
42 Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$51,350
40
43 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
$51,340
80
44 Ithaca, New York
$51,280
n/a
45 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$51,140
290
46 Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
$51,130
60
47 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$50,840
60
48 Springfield, Massachusetts
$50,500
60
49 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$50,340
120
50 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$50,220
90
51 Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area, Iowa
$50,180
40
52 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$49,930
260
53 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$49,900
310
54 North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida
$49,620
30
55 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$49,490
70
56 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$49,360
40
57 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$49,260
50
58 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$49,130
50
59 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$49,010
610
60 Mankato-North Mankato, Minnesota
$48,690
40
61 Rochester, New York
$48,130
120
62 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$48,090
230
63 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$47,990
750
64 Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$47,770
50
65 Tacoma, Washington
$47,660
40
66 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$47,650
130
67 Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$47,550
50
68 Spokane, Washington
$47,530
40
69 Utica-Rome, New York
$47,410
70
70 Columbus, Ohio
$47,220
70
71 Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area, New Hampshire
$46,980
40
72 Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area, Washington
$46,720
n/a
73 Jacksonville, Florida
$46,510
80
74 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$46,490
110
75 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$46,460
60
76 New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
$46,360
40
77 Duluth, Wisconsin
$45,760
40
78 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$45,560
210
79 Cleveland, Tennessee
$45,290
n/a
80 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$45,240
190
81 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$45,240
40
82 Salt Lake City, Utah
$45,230
140
83 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$45,160
230
84 East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$45,120
60
85 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$45,080
60
86 Peabody, Massachusetts
$44,870
40
87 Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
$44,480
30
88 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tennessee
$44,330
120
89 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$44,230
40
90 Richmond, Virginia
$43,800
80
91 Lake County-Kenosha County, Wisconsin
$43,700
50
92 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$43,530
190
93 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$43,470
650
94 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$43,450
140
95 Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$43,420
40
96 Columbia, South Carolina
$43,100
60
97 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$42,720
130
98 Springfield, Missouri
$42,490
30
99 Memphis, Tennessee
$42,180
70
100 Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area, Minnesota
$42,040
30
See also: Highest paying industries for recreational therapists.