Recreational Therapist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Recreational Therapist is $37,716 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Recreational Therapist Salary (?
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$26,884 - $55,060
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MEDIAN: $37,715
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Recreational Therapist Salary (?
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$11.88 - $23.21
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,884 - $55,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
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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$25,816 - $52,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $23.21  
   
Overtime
$7.34 - $30.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
   
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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$25,816 - $52,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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

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Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%