Recreational Therapist Salary

Recreational Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $17.30 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Recreational Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Recreational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,314 - $51,583
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$38K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,467
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$11.92 - $25.27
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$0$52K
Salary $28,314 - $51,583
Bonus $5,250
Total Pay (?
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$26,572 - $52,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 99
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $11.92 - $25.27
Overtime $16.85 - $35.99
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $5,250
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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$26,572 - $52,742
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 133

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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

  • 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.
  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team

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Pay by Experience Level for Recreational Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Recreational Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Recreational Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 145 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Recreational Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Recreational Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 45 salaries. A Recreational Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 17 salaries.

Recreational Therapist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Recreational Therapist?

Recreational Therapist in Duncan:
Do Recreational therapy in the goverment sector to make better money and benefits.

Key Stats for Recreational Therapist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%
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