Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salary

A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist earns an average salary of $36,328 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.

$28,133 - $66,067
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$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,327
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$11.45 - $24.51
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,133 - $66,067  
   
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$26,680 - $56,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $24.51  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
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$26,680 - $56,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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Experience Affects Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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