Recreational Therapist Salary

Recreational Therapists in the United States take home an average $16.69 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. There are far more female Recreational Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. For the most part, Recreational Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,413 - $55,147

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$12.25 - $23.37

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,413 - $55,147  
   
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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$27,654 - $51,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $23.37  
   
Overtime
$1.97 - $33.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$27,654 - $51,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $35K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $38K on average. Recreational Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Recreational Therapists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $46K.

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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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