Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $38K annually. Compensation ranges between $28K and $52K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,492 - $52,869
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,502
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$11.93 - $24.31
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,492 - $52,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$28,401 - $51,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $24.31  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $39.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$28,401 - $51,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. On average, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists make $43K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 24%
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