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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 $37K per year for pay. Pay ranges from $28K on the low end to $52K per year on the high end. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just under one in four claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,221 - $53,108
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $37,225
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90%

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$11.74 - $24.38
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,221 - $53,108  
   
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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$27,761 - $51,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $24.38  
   
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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$27,761 - $51,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102

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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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. For Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

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 28 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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