Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salary

Women account for the majority of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $38K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $29K, and the top verges on $52K per year. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,658 - $52,142
(Median)
$30K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,942
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$12.20 - $25.03
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,658 - $52,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,682 - $51,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $25.03  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $39.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,682 - $51,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

When a person suffers a debilitating injury or incurs a serious, long-term illness, the road to recovery can be long and wrought with adversity. Patients who must spend long periods of time recovering from these insults to the body require multiple kinds of care to get better. One such form is called "therapeutic recreation," which encourages patients to engage in fun activities in order to lift spirits, sharpen minds, and improve physical fitness, and those who aid patients in these recreational activities are called certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS).

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Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) 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 Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

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


For Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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