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Recreational Therapists

Wages & Outlook


Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $26.49
Statewide median: $24.25


This career pays above the statewide median wage.

Wages for Recreational Therapists *

Area Low Median High
$20.77 $25.63 $33.22
$22.33 $26.49 $32.75
Central Minnesota
$22.53 $29.00 $39.26
Northeast Minnesota
$29.42 $32.93 $40.57
Southeast Minnesota
$25.79 $30.96 $36.43
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$22.33 $23.25 $31.40

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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In Minnesota, there are 350 workers employed in this very small career.

Where do Recreational Therapists most often work?


Current Demand

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This career is currently in low demand.


Future Demand   This career is projected to grow much faster than average.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 680 new Recreational Therapists to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.


Employment Outlook for Recreational Therapists
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 20,800 23,000 2,200 10.4%
Minnesota 734 830 96 13.1%
Central Minnesota 78 87 9 11.5%
Southeast Minnesota 68 74 6 8.8%
Southwest Minnesota 22 22 0 0%

Source: You can learn about our data sources in the About Us section.


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