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Highest Paying States for Recreational Therapists

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $71,380, California is the highest paying state for recreational therapists. It is followed by Oregon (average annual salary $59,270). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of recreational therapists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Recreational Therapists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 California
$71,380
$42,200 1,520
2 Oregon
$59,270
$40,720 130
3 Nevada
$59,160
$30,880 100
4 New Jersey
$56,920
$39,940 430
5 Arizona
$53,710
$31,600 480
6 Florida
$52,820
$34,020 610
7 New York
$52,490
$34,860 1,590
8 District of Columbia
$52,330
$30,150 160
9 West Virginia
$51,830
$32,770 50
10 Alaska
$51,700
$34,130 30
11 Iowa
$51,420
$32,110 170
12 Washington
$51,330
$33,160 260
13 Connecticut
$49,610
$31,170 450
14 Michigan
$49,430
$33,640 610
15 Colorado
$49,070
$33,150 120
16 Maryland
$48,800
$31,020 330
17 Wyoming
$47,750
$40,050 40
18 Minnesota
$47,750
$32,930 520
19 Hawaii
$47,700
$22,970 70
20 Rhode Island
$47,420
$35,600 50
21 Ohio
$46,950
$31,760 450
22 Massachusetts
$46,230
$25,900 870
23 Illinois
$46,180
$27,740 1,050
24 Vermont
$46,150
$27,870 40
25 South Dakota
$45,870
$34,960 40
26 Pennsylvania
$45,750
$31,120 1,340
27 Maine
$45,480
$33,160 60
28 Utah
$45,040
$29,340 390
29 New Hampshire
$44,980
$34,380 100
30 Texas
$44,590
$20,410 960
31 North Carolina
$43,880
$35,430 450
32 Arkansas
$43,670
$28,360 60
33 Wisconsin
$43,340
$26,610 420
34 Virginia
$43,180
$32,890 400
35 Missouri
$43,160
$31,590 640
36 Georgia
$42,870
$26,990 470
37 Tennessee
$42,430
$31,000 210
38 Alabama
$41,770
$25,620 130
39 Montana
$41,290
$31,630 40
40 Idaho
$41,240
$25,270 80
41 South Carolina
$40,850
$26,970 200
42 North Dakota
$40,800
$28,850 80
43 Kentucky
$39,290
$31,740 120
44 Louisiana
$39,020
$27,140 320
45 New Mexico
$38,060
$26,370 70
46 Nebraska
$37,870
$19,580 240
47 Indiana
$37,140
$26,500 340
48 Delaware
$36,140
$32,280 80
49 Oklahoma
$34,990
$22,560 230
50 Kansas
$33,430
$20,940 390
51 Mississippi
$33,140
$25,360 200
52 Puerto Rico
$24,610
$19,160 110
See also: Highest paying industries for recreational therapists, Top Paying Jobs in America.