Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Federal Wage Data on RTs

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010
Recreational TherapistsPlan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes "Recreation Workers" (39-9032).
National estimates for this occupation: Top
Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage (2)
$19.92 $41,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50 (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.85 $14.86 $18.95 $24.38 $30.13
Annual Wage $24,640 $30,910 $39,410 $50,700 $62,670
Industry profile for this occupation: Top
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nursing Care Facilities 4,870 0.29 $17.52 $36,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,870 0.08 $21.95 $45,650
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,700 1.12 $20.82 $43,300
State Government (OES Designation) 1,840 0.08 $20.68 $43,020
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 1,410 0.19 $16.83 $35,010


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