Recreation Therapist Salary (United States)

A Recreation Therapist earns an average wage of $19.03 per hour.
Recreation Therapist Total Pay (?
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$28,181 - $55,891
(Median)
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39K
47K
56K
MEDIAN: $38,844
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Recreation Therapist Total Pay (?
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$12.97 - $25.38
(Median)
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25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,181 - $55,891  
   
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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$27,657 - $53,699  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.97 - $25.38  
   
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).
)
$27,657 - $53,699  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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 18%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
National Average
$39,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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