An Activity Therapist earns an average wage of $15.79 per hour. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$20,426 - $45,898
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$46K
MEDIAN: $34,114
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$10.07 - $22.01
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,426 - $45,898  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,946 - $46,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $22.01  
   
Overtime
$16.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Total Pay (?
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$20,946 - $46,323  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Job Description for Activity Therapist

Activity therapists generally work for health care organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and private physical therapy offices. These therapists develop, coordinate, and evaluate therapeutic activity programs for clients, as well as plan and coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions. These activities may include sports, trips, arts and crafts, cooking, and other social activities.

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Activity Therapist Tasks

  • Instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Develop treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.
  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.

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Pay by Experience Level for Activity Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Activity Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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