Women account for the majority of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $39K per year. Most Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,753 - $55,327
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$55K
MEDIAN: $38,988
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$12.14 - $25.33
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,753 - $55,327  
   
Bonus
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$28,435 - $53,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $25.33  
   
Overtime
$11.85 - $30.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,965  
   
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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$28,435 - $53,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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.


Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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