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Recreational Therapists Salary Information

The salary statistics of recreational therapists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of recreational therapists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The recreational therapists 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. Recreational Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,010
25th Percentile Wage
$35,570
50th Percentile Wage
$46,410
75th Percentile Wage
$59,680
90th Percentile Wage
$72,340

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for recreational therapists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) recreational therapists is $72,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,010. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 158% 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 recreational therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,4101.12%8.90%
201545,8904.12%-
201444,0001.86%-
201343,1802.08%-
201242,280--

Table 2. Recreational Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of recreational therapists in 5 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 recreational therapists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $56,670. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $44,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,670
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,950
Educational Services
$49,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,280

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Recreational Therapists by States

From the above tables we note that not only recreational therapists 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 recreational therapists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $26,930 to $69,030. The highest paying state for recreational therapists is California with a median annual salary of $69,030. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $26,930. For more salary information of recreational therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$69,030
Oregon
$56,970
New Jersey
$55,380
Arizona
$54,960
Nevada
$53,580
New York
$53,460
District of Columbia
$53,420
West Virginia
$51,830
Alaska
$51,700
Florida
$51,410
Idaho
$50,270
Washington
$50,180
Michigan
$49,730
Colorado
$49,490
Connecticut
$48,730
Ohio
$47,640
Wyoming
$47,170
Hawaii
$46,780
Iowa
$46,670
Maryland
$46,520
Minnesota
$46,470
Texas
$45,910
North Dakota
$44,510
Vermont
$44,280
Pennsylvania
$43,980
New Hampshire
$43,840
Illinois
$43,620
Rhode Island
$43,610
Arkansas
$43,590
North Carolina
$43,530
Georgia
$43,270
Virginia
$42,410
Utah
$42,030
Alabama
$41,640
Wisconsin
$41,010
Montana
$40,600
Massachusetts
$40,520
South Dakota
$40,080
Maine
$40,010
South Carolina
$39,880
Missouri
$39,660
Kentucky
$39,300
Louisiana
$39,290
Tennessee
$38,690
Oklahoma
$36,980
Delaware
$36,880
Nebraska
$35,090
New Mexico
$34,630
Indiana
$34,600
Kansas
$33,360
Mississippi
$31,240
Puerto Rico
$26,930



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