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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. Compensation ranges from $27K on the lower end to $51K per year on the higher end. For the most part, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$29,023 - $52,819
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,855
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$11.69 - $24.10
(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
$29,023 - $52,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$27,405 - $51,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.69 - $24.10  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $39.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$27,405 - $51,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $44K.

Experience Affects Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%