A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist earns an average wage of $15.34 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$28,596 - $68,510
$29K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $40,633
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.96 - $23.87
$12
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,596 - $68,510  
   
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).
)
$26,022 - $57,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $23.87  
   
Overtime
$26.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
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).
)
$26,022 - $57,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Recreation Therapist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Key Stats for Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 17%
ADVERTISEMENT