Wednesday, March 17, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Recreational Therapist Pay

In a January commentary we reviewed Recreational Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets.  As is the case with many healthcare professions, the major metro areas in the U.S. are the top centers for recreational therapist employment.  However, smaller metro markets sometimes provide better pay opportunities for recreational therapists. May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that less than half of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for recreational therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 90 $83,590
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 $82,800
3 Fresno, CA 60 $82,170
4 Salinas, CA 30 $80,550
5 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (#) 170 $79,780
6 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 60 $75,550
7 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 120 $74,200
8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 510 $72,740
9 New Haven, CT 50 $69,090
10 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 130 $68,180
11 Duluth, MN-WI N/A $64,620
12 Urban Honolulu, HI 30 $64,240
13 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (#) 150 $62,770
14 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 1,360 $59,750
15 Hartford-West Harford-East Hartford, CT 190 $59,530
16 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 600 $59,210
17 Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 30 $58,840
18 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 30 $58,650
19 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 50 $58,430
20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington (#) 240 $57,590
National 19,070 $51,130

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 1, 2021

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