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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Recreational Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,570
25th Percentile Wage
$36,970
50th Percentile Wage
$47,680
75th Percentile Wage
$61,090
90th Percentile Wage
$74,210

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 $74,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,570. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 150% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$47,680
2.66% 11.33%
2016
$46,410
1.12% -
2015
$45,890
4.12% -
2014
$44,000
1.86% -
2013
$43,180
2.08% -
2012
$42,280
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Table 2. Recreational Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of recreational therapists in 6 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 $58,490. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $40,080).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$58,490
Educational Services
$52,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,270
Health Care and Social Assistance
$46,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,010
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,080

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 $24,610 to $71,380. The highest paying state for recreational therapists is California with a median annual salary of $71,380. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,610. For more salary information of recreational therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$71,380
Oregon
$59,270
Nevada
$59,160
New Jersey
$56,920
Arizona
$53,710
Florida
$52,820
New York
$52,490
District of Columbia
$52,330
West Virginia
$51,830
Alaska
$51,700
Iowa
$51,420
Washington
$51,330
Connecticut
$49,610
Michigan
$49,430
Colorado
$49,070
Maryland
$48,800
Wyoming
$47,750
Minnesota
$47,750
Hawaii
$47,700
Rhode Island
$47,420
Ohio
$46,950
Massachusetts
$46,230
Illinois
$46,180
Vermont
$46,150
South Dakota
$45,870
Pennsylvania
$45,750
Maine
$45,480
Utah
$45,040
New Hampshire
$44,980
Texas
$44,590
North Carolina
$43,880
Arkansas
$43,670
Wisconsin
$43,340
Virginia
$43,180
Missouri
$43,160
Georgia
$42,870
Tennessee
$42,430
Alabama
$41,770
Montana
$41,290
Idaho
$41,240
South Carolina
$40,850
North Dakota
$40,800
Kentucky
$39,290
Louisiana
$39,020
New Mexico
$38,060
Nebraska
$37,870
Indiana
$37,140
Delaware
$36,140
Oklahoma
$34,990
Kansas
$33,430
Mississippi
$33,140
Puerto Rico
$24,610



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