Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salary

The larger portion of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $38K per year. Earnings sit near $28K on the lower side but can approach $52K per year on the higher side. While some workers in this profession — close to a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,472 - $52,997

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$11.90 - $24.38

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,472 - $52,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$28,342 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $24.38  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $39.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$28,342 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $48K.

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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 25%
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