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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 metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,120
25th Percentile Wage
$36,970
50th Percentile Wage
$45,750
75th Percentile Wage
$55,730
90th Percentile Wage
$64,900

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 $64,900. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $45,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,120.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of recreational therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$45,750
3.87% 9.55%
2016
$43,980
5.73% -
2015
$41,460
-2.27% -
2014
$42,400
1.18% -
2013
$41,900
1.24% -
2012
$41,380
- -

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 $32,550 to $68,050. The highest paying area for recreational therapists in Pennsylvania is Altoona with a median annual salary of $68,050. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Newark-Union (mean annual salary $57,890). The lowest paying area is Erie with a median annual salary of $32,550.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Altoona
$68,050
Newark-Union
$57,890
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$53,030
Johnstown
$51,370
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$50,770
Pittsburgh
$49,850
Reading
$47,210
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$46,400
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$45,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$44,620
Philadelphia
$43,270
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$41,260
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$39,650
State College
$38,360
York-Hanover
$37,350
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$37,300
Lancaster
$35,870
Lebanon
$32,700
Erie
$32,550




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