Recreation Therapist Salary (United States)

A Recreation Therapist earns an average wage of $18.98 per hour. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Recreation Therapist Total Pay (?
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$27,808 - $55,620
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56K
MEDIAN: $38,671
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Recreation Therapist Total Pay (?
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$12.56 - $25.53
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,808 - $55,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $984  
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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$27,125 - $53,851  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$21.51 - $40.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $984  
   
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).
)
$27,125 - $53,851  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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Job Description for Recreation Therapist
  • 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 Recreation Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Recreation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%
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