Recreational Therapist Salary

Recreational Therapists in the United States take home approximately $16.61 per hour on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Recreational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Recreational Therapists who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,373 - $56,821
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,994
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$12.22 - $22.98
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,373 - $56,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$27,585 - $51,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $22.98  
   
Overtime
$1.97 - $32.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$27,585 - $51,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Job Description for Recreational Therapist

  • Instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Develop treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.
  • Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.
  • Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.

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Pay by Experience Level for Recreational Therapist

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


For Recreational Therapists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $46K.

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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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