Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salary

A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist earns an average salary of $40,968 per year.

$33,969 - $70,469
$34K
$41K
$70K
MEDIAN: $41,356
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$11.77 - $24.83
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,969 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$1,179  
Total Pay (?
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$25,300 - $62,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.77 - $24.83  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,179  
   
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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$25,300 - $62,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

For patients with physical difficulties who require therapy, a therapeutic recreation specialist can design activities and games and modify sports and exercises as part of a unified program. The specialist will often work and consult with doctors and physical or occupational therapists, who may already be assisting the patient to coordinate a strategy for designing physical recreation that is both safe and therapeutically challenging. For patients who receive recreation therapy for physical ailments, typically the specialist will work one on one. However, in some clinical settings, group work for patients of similar physical impairments is possible and is to be expected.

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Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Tasks

  • Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.
  • 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.
  • Instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 33 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 9 salaries. An experienced Therapeutic Recreation Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 6 salaries. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 5 salaries.

Key Stats for Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 13%
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