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Recreation Therapist Salary

A Recreation Therapist earns an average wage of $19.27 per hour.
$28,734 - $57,919
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40,285
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$12.76 - $25.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,734 - $57,919  
   
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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$27,826 - $55,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$21.08 - $40.52  
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).
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$27,826 - $55,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
United States (change)

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.

Recreation Therapist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Recreation Therapist in Wailuku:
It's difficult to find jobs and not much incentive to move up in the field. Salary is less than ideal and burnout potential is high.

Experience Affects Recreation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%