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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Recreation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,000
25th Percentile Wage
$19,780
50th Percentile Wage
$23,870
75th Percentile Wage
$31,310
90th Percentile Wage
$41,660

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 $41,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,000. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 131% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201623,8702.30%6.83%
201523,3203.00%-
201422,6201.02%-
201322,3900.67%-
201222,240--

Table 2. Recreation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of recreation workers in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. 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 $28,850. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $21,420).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,030
Retail Trade
$25,470
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$25,160
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,140
Federal, State, and Local Government
$24,180
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,050
Educational Services
$23,610
Construction
$22,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,290
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,050
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$21,420

Table 3. 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 $17,970 to $46,180. The highest paying state for recreation workers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $46,180. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $17,970. 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
$46,180
Alaska
$42,520
North Dakota
$29,560
South Dakota
$28,740
Vermont
$27,590
New Hampshire
$27,520
Connecticut
$27,440
Washington
$26,910
New York
$26,690
Hawaii
$26,600
Nevada
$26,460
California
$26,290
Delaware
$26,100
Minnesota
$25,750
Colorado
$25,600
Virgin Islands
$25,500
Massachusetts
$25,070
North Carolina
$24,470
Virginia
$24,310
New Jersey
$24,270
Maine
$23,940
Rhode Island
$23,720
Pennsylvania
$23,710
Iowa
$23,580
Maryland
$23,550
Idaho
$22,970
Arizona
$22,920
Mississippi
$22,850
Ohio
$22,850
Wyoming
$22,850
Florida
$22,780
South Carolina
$22,720
Montana
$22,330
Kentucky
$22,310
Kansas
$22,300
Nebraska
$22,290
Missouri
$22,170
Oklahoma
$22,170
Utah
$22,130
Georgia
$21,870
Michigan
$21,760
Texas
$21,760
Illinois
$21,640
Wisconsin
$21,590
Indiana
$20,800
Tennessee
$20,490
West Virginia
$20,410
Alabama
$20,170
New Mexico
$19,420
Arkansas
$19,340
Louisiana
$19,300
Guam
$19,280
Puerto Rico
$17,970


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