A Recreation Therapist earns an average wage of $18.78 per hour.

$32,115 - $63,147
$32K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,331
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$12.45 - $25.52
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,115 - $63,147  
   
Bonus
$800  
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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$28,620 - $59,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $25.52  
   
Overtime
$6.07 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$800  
   
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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$28,620 - $59,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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Job Description for Recreation Therapist

Recreational therapists, also known as "therapeutic recreation coordinators," are responsible for quality patient care by overseeing the planning, directing, and coordination of treatment-based programs for a variety of patients, including those with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.

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Recreation Therapist 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 Recreation Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Recreation Therapist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Recreation Therapist in Albuquerque:
"Dangers in the job."
Therapists are murdered. Dangers in working with criminal element & the mentally ill.

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.

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Key Stats for Recreation Therapist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Recreation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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