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Recreational Therapist Salary

For Recreational Therapists, hourly average wages total $16.45 per hour. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority (83 percent) of Recreational Therapists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction for Recreational Therapists is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$29,148 - $55,853
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MEDIAN: $38,397
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$11.91 - $23.15
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,148 - $55,853  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$26,531 - $52,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $23.15  
   
Overtime
$2.00 - $30.89  
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 - $4,818  
   
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).
)
$26,531 - $52,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
United States (change)

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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. Recreational Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Recreational Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $46K.

Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%