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 $39K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,017 - $54,738
$30K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,176
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90%

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$12.26 - $25.69
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$26
MEDIAN: $17.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,017 - $54,738  
   
Bonus
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$28,900 - $53,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.26 - $25.69  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $30.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$2,035  
   
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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$28,900 - $53,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 111 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 40 salaries. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 30 salaries.

Key Stats for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲7%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 21%