Recreational Therapist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Recreational Therapist is $37,033 per year.
Recreational Therapist Total Pay (?
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$25,829 - $52,356
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $37,032
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Recreational Therapist Total Pay (?
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$11.85 - $23.17
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,829 - $52,356  
   
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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$25,610 - $51,678  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.85 - $23.17  
   
Overtime
$7.27 - $31.02  
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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$25,610 - $51,678  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Recreational Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%
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
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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