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 $40K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,273 - $55,946
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MEDIAN: $39,604
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$12.31 - $25.55
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Salary
$30,273 - $55,946  
   
Bonus
$2,035  
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$29,137 - $54,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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$12.31 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $28.31  
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$29,137 - $54,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. For Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Key Stats for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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