Recreational Therapist Salary

Recreational Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $16.99 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.17 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $24.76. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Recreational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Recreational Therapists who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact.

$29,480 - $51,712
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,243
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$12.17 - $24.76
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,480 - $51,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
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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$27,858 - $52,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $24.76  
   
Overtime
$7.31 - $34.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
   
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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$27,858 - $52,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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Job Description for Recreational Therapist

Recreational therapists are professionals who help patients with leisure activities to strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits. They seek to help patients adjust to living with a disease, illness, disability and/or injury. Recreational therapists employ activities such as games, sports and crafts to help improve their patients' physical and emotional well being. For example, therapists who work in a school setting may focus primarily on helping their patient integrate into into adult life; therapists employed in a hospital setting may focus on assisting patients with rehabilitation.

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Recreational Therapist Tasks

  • 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.


Recreational Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Recreational Therapists bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Recreational Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.

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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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