Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salary

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $38K annually for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $28K to $52K per year. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The majority of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,609 - $53,132
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$30K
$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,502
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$11.92 - $24.35
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$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,609 - $53,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Total Pay (?
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$28,381 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $24.35  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $39.95  
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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$28,381 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

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: 43% employee benefits None: 24%
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