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Recreation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of recreation workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of recreation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The recreation workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Recreation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$39,230
75th Percentile Wage
$29,800
50th Percentile Wage
$22,620
25th Percentile Wage
$18,720
10th Percentile Wage
$17,190

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) recreation workers is $39,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $22,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,190. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 128% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $22,620 1.03%
2013 $22,390 0.67%
2012 $22,240 0.50%
2011 $22,130 -0.58%
2010 $22,260 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for recreation workers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 1.62%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.67%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 0.50% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.58%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Recreation Workers vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Recreation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of recreation workers in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for recreation workers occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $25,240. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $19,700).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,240
Construction
$24,950
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,150
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,570
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$23,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$23,050
Retail Trade
$22,380
Educational Services
$21,170
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,850
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,490
Transportation and Warehousing
$20,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$20,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$19,700

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Recreation Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only recreation workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of recreation workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,820 to $41,620. The highest paying state for recreation workers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $41,620. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,820. For more salary information of recreation workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$41,620
Nevada
$32,140
Hawaii
$31,800
Vermont
$28,380
North Dakota
$27,470
Connecticut
$26,810
South Dakota
$25,850
Delaware
$24,730
Washington
$24,520
Virgin Islands
$24,480
Colorado
$24,440
New York
$24,440
Minnesota
$24,000
New Hampshire
$23,940
California
$23,820
Virginia
$23,670
Pennsylvania
$23,570
New Jersey
$23,560
Maryland
$23,020
Arizona
$22,990
Massachusetts
$22,870
Maine
$22,610
Montana
$22,230
Oklahoma
$22,130
North Carolina
$22,060
Mississippi
$21,860
Rhode Island
$21,700
West Virginia
$21,620
Iowa
$21,580
Illinois
$21,410
Kentucky
$21,350
Missouri
$21,200
Indiana
$21,190
Kansas
$21,170
Wisconsin
$21,140
Florida
$21,090
Wyoming
$21,080
Ohio
$21,060
Michigan
$20,820
Utah
$20,670
Arkansas
$20,640
Nebraska
$20,640
Idaho
$20,460
South Carolina
$20,410
Texas
$20,240
New Mexico
$20,130
Georgia
$20,070
Tennessee
$20,000
Alabama
$19,900
Louisiana
$19,050
Guam
$17,930
Puerto Rico
$17,820