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Recreational Therapist Salary

For Recreational Therapists, hourly average wages total $16.61 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Recreational Therapists is high. Women account for the majority of Recreational Therapists who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,446 - $56,962
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,210
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90%

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$12.18 - $23.37
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,446 - $56,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
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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$27,520 - $52,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $23.37  
   
Overtime
$1.99 - $32.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
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).
)
$27,520 - $52,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $38K. Recreational Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

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 31 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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