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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 $69,030, California is the highest paying state for recreational therapists. It is followed by Oregon (average annual salary $56,970). 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 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
$69,030
$33,690 1,710
2 Oregon
$56,970
$38,870 140
3 New Jersey
$55,380
$39,160 490
4 Arizona
$54,960
$32,860 480
5 Nevada
$53,580
$22,480 110
6 New York
$53,460
$35,150 1,640
7 District of Columbia
$53,420
$29,020 200
8 West Virginia
$51,830
$32,770 50
9 Alaska
$51,700
$34,130 30
10 Florida
$51,410
$35,190 580
11 Idaho
$50,270
$27,000 80
12 Washington
$50,180
$33,850 240
13 Michigan
$49,730
$34,330 600
14 Colorado
$49,490
$32,780 110
15 Connecticut
$48,730
$31,180 470
16 Ohio
$47,640
$34,560 350
17 Wyoming
$47,170
$41,190 50
18 Hawaii
$46,780
$22,570 70
19 Iowa
$46,670
$29,730 210
20 Maryland
$46,520
$26,830 350
21 Minnesota
$46,470
$31,900 550
22 Texas
$45,910
$22,840 790
23 North Dakota
$44,510
$25,500 60
24 Vermont
$44,280
$26,500 40
25 Pennsylvania
$43,980
$28,460 1,280
26 New Hampshire
$43,840
$33,000 100
27 Illinois
$43,620
$25,500 1,120
28 Rhode Island
$43,610
$27,440 60
29 Arkansas
$43,590
$25,300 60
30 North Carolina
$43,530
$34,530 440
31 Georgia
$43,270
$27,220 480
32 Virginia
$42,410
$31,440 370
33 Utah
$42,030
$27,050 360
34 Alabama
$41,640
$25,040 120
35 Wisconsin
$41,010
$24,670 290
36 Montana
$40,600
$31,740 50
37 Massachusetts
$40,520
$24,050 870
38 South Dakota
$40,080
$33,320 50
39 Maine
$40,010
$31,840 80
40 South Carolina
$39,880
$25,690 200
41 Missouri
$39,660
$27,130 530
42 Kentucky
$39,300
$28,210 120
43 Louisiana
$39,290
$26,480 290
44 Tennessee
$38,690
$18,700 350
45 Oklahoma
$36,980
$21,490 170
46 Delaware
$36,880
$32,060 50
47 Nebraska
$35,090
$19,060 200
48 New Mexico
$34,630
$27,760 110
49 Indiana
$34,600
$19,030 410
50 Kansas
$33,360
$20,940 320
51 Mississippi
$31,240
$25,210 230
52 Puerto Rico
$26,930
$19,900 100
See also: Highest paying industries for recreational therapists, Top Paying Jobs in America.