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Highest Paying Industries for Recreational Therapists

The top 57 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $65,450, federal government, including usps is the highest paying industry for recreational therapists. It is followed by federal executive branch (oes designation) industry (average annual salary $65,450). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of recreational therapists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 57 Highest Paying Industries for Recreational Therapists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal government, including USPS
$65,450
960
2 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$65,450
960
3 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$62,760
60
4 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$52,770
3,290
5 Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,770
3,290
6 Educational Services - Privately owned
$50,000
n/a
7 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$49,800
190
8 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$49,530
5,450
9 Educational Services
$48,680
350
10 Home Health Care Services
$48,000
100
11 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$47,700
3,470
12 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$47,680
2,890
13 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$47,640
600
14 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$47,590
50
15 Educational Services - Local government owned
$47,590
50
16 Hospitals - State government owned
$47,070
1,600
17 Hospitals - Local government owned
$46,920
410
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$46,820
380
19 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$46,790
540
20 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$46,690
6,340
21 Hospitals - Privately owned
$46,550
4,330
22 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$46,140
1,340
23 Employment Services
$45,870
50
24 State government, including schools and hospitals
$45,780
3,300
25 Administrative and Support Services
$45,550
50
26 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,550
50
27 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$45,280
140
28 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$45,150
70
29 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$44,930
2,270
30 Offices of Physicians
$44,710
210
31 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$44,660
1,200
32 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$44,640
90
33 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,550
60
34 Educational Services - State government owned
$44,290
90
35 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$44,010
1,600
36 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$43,520
900
37 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$43,280
70
38 Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,710
14,110
39 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$42,360
730
40 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$41,400
1,440
41 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$40,140
410
42 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$40,080
n/a
43 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,080
n/a
44 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$39,620
920
45 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$39,600
920
46 Outpatient Care Centers
$39,540
210
47 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$38,960
3,750
48 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$38,740
610
49 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$38,630
5,530
50 Other Residential Care Facilities
$37,760
110
51 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$37,740
1,050
52 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$35,910
200
53 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$35,380
120
54 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$35,260
380
55 Social Assistance
$35,010
800
56 Individual and Family Services
$34,410
640
57 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$30,730
100
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