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Recreational Therapists Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for recreational therapists in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of recreational therapists amongst Pennsylvania cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Recreational Therapists in Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,460
25th Percentile Wage
$34,230
50th Percentile Wage
$43,980
75th Percentile Wage
$54,220
90th Percentile Wage
$65,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreational therapists in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $65,690. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $43,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,460.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$13.68
25th Percentile Wage
$16.46
50th Percentile Wage
$21.15
75th Percentile Wage
$26.07
90th Percentile Wage
$31.58

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for recreational therapists in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $31.58. The median hourly salary is $21.15. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $13.68.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of recreational therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201643,9805.73%5.91%
201541,460-2.27%-
201442,4001.18%-
201341,9001.24%-
201241,380--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Recreational Therapists in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of recreational therapists in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of recreational therapists in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $23,820 to $56,750. The highest paying area for recreational therapists in Pennsylvania is Newark-Union with a median annual salary of $56,750. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $51,350). The lowest paying area is West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $23,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Newark-Union
$56,750
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$51,350
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$51,340
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$47,550
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$45,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$43,470
Pittsburgh
$42,720
Reading
$41,570
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$41,220
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$38,960
Philadelphia
$37,810
York-Hanover
$37,350
Erie
$32,550
Lancaster
$30,700
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$23,820


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