Recreation workers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
204k
Average Age
36.2
Estimated Job Growth
9.97%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$24,148
Average Male Salary
$27,793
Average Female Salary
$22,177

About

Recreation workers are most often employed by the Amusement & Recreation industry. The average yearly wage for Recreation workers was $24,148 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Recreation workers by wage are Cleaners of vehicles & equipment, Home health aides, and Models, demonstrators, & product promoters.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Recreation workers are Ottawa County (West) PUMA, MI, Lafayette & West Lafayette Cities PUMA, IN, and Yeadon, Darby, Lansdowne Boroughs & Drexel Hill PUMA, PA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Recreation workers are Ottawa County (West) PUMA, MI, Dougherty & Lee Counties PUMA, GA, and Cumberland Valley Area Development District (South) PUMA, KY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Recreation workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Amusement & Recreation is the industry that employs the most Recreation workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Recreation workers, by average wage, is Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals. Recreation workers are paid most in Fayette County PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Ottawa County (West) PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$24,148
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,514

In 2020, Recreation workers earned an average of $24,148, $31,806 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Cleaners of vehicles & equipment make somewhat more than Recreation workers while Home health aides make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Recreation workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.49
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Recreation workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.49, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Recreation workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Recreation workers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Recreation workers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

204k
2020 Workforce
± 11,069
−1.98%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.81%

The number of people employed as Recreation workers has been declining at a rate of −1.98%, from 207,653 people in 2019 to 203,539 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Recreation workers employed by various industries. Amusement & Recreation employs the largest share of Recreation workers at  40.9%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 13% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 8.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Recreation workers in the US. The average age of male Recreation workers in the workforce is 32.8 and of female Recreation workers is 38, and the most common race/ethnicity for Recreation workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

71.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,561
132k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,919

64.9% of Recreation workers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Recreation workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Recreation workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

65.9% of Recreation workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13.5% of Recreation workers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Recreation workers.

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Age by Sex

32.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.37
38
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.13

The median age of Recreation workers is 36.2, and Male employees are generally 5.22 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Recreation workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Recreation workers is Business but a relatively high number of Recreation workers hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Recreation Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Recreation Workers are expected to see a growth of 9.97% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

9.97%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Recreation Workers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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