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Recreational Therapist Salary

Recreational Therapists in the United States take home approximately $16.66 per hour on average. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Recreational Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,491 - $56,681
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,348
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90%

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$11.90 - $23.34
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$29,491 - $56,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$27,356 - $52,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $23.34  
   
Overtime
$2.01 - $31.74  
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 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$27,356 - $52,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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.


Recreational Therapists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. Recreational Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. 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.

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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 34 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%