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Recreational Therapist Salary

The average Recreational Therapist in the United States earns approximately $16.74 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Recreational Therapists (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Recreational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,446 - $56,962
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,211
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$12.34 - $23.35
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,446 - $56,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
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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$27,702 - $52,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $23.35  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $31.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
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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$27,702 - $52,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Recreational Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $35K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $39K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. 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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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