Recreational Therapists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of recreational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare recreational therapists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Recreational Therapists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,750
25th Percentile Wage
$36,020
50th Percentile Wage
$46,020
75th Percentile Wage
$58,240
90th Percentile Wage
$70,800

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) recreational therapists is $70,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid recreational therapists is $28,750.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of recreational therapists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$46,020
2.78% 10.50%
2016
$44,740
0.96% -
2015
$44,310
3.61% -
2014
$42,710
1.10% -
2013
$42,240
2.49% -
2012
$41,190
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Compare Recreational Therapists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of recreational therapists in 33 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for recreational therapists occupations is the specialty hospitals - state government owned industry with an annual salary $67,010. The lowest paying industry is the vocational rehabilitation services industry (annual salary $35,390). For detailed recreational therapists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$67,010
Home Health Care Services
$52,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$51,970
Hospitals - Local government owned
$51,540
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$51,160
Hospitals - State government owned
$51,120
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$51,060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$51,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$50,950
Offices of Physicians
$50,330
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$49,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$49,480
Hospitals - Privately owned
$49,140
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$48,690
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$48,240
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$48,150
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$47,860
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$47,130
Outpatient Care Centers
$46,740
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$46,450
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$46,410
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$46,060
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$45,820
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$42,700
Individual and Family Services
$42,460
Other Residential Care Facilities
$42,390
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$41,600
Social Assistance
$41,260
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$40,620
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$40,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$39,190
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$38,150
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$35,390

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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