Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salary

A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist earns an average salary of $35,874 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$27,770 - $60,900
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,874
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$10.36 - $23.27
(Median)
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$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,770 - $60,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $194.42  
Total Pay (?
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$26,335 - $50,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $23.27  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $194.42  
   
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).
)
$26,335 - $50,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Experience Affects Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 16%
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