Recreational Therapists in the United States take home an average $17.51 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Recreational Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Recreational Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,816 - $51,664
$28K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,860
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$12.04 - $25.43
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MEDIAN: $17.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,816 - $51,664  
   
Bonus
$5,250  
Total Pay (?
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$26,366 - $53,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $25.43  
   
Overtime
$20.43 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$26,366 - $53,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Recreational Therapists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Key Stats for Recreational Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

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 17 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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