The average wage for a Recreation Therapist is C$23.44 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

C$31,047 - C$62,588
C$31K
C$45K
C$63K
MEDIAN: C$45,098
10%
50%
90%
C$15.83 - C$34.07
C$16
C$24
C$34
MEDIAN: C$23.86
10%
50%
90%
C$0C$69K
Salary C$31,047 - C$62,588
Bonus C$0.00
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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C$32,468 - C$69,477
  • Country: Canada
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 48
Hourly Data C$0C$41
Hourly Rate C$15.83 - C$34.07
Overtime C$28.00
Annual Data C$0C$69K
Bonus C$0.00
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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C$32,468 - C$69,477
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: CAD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 133

Job Description for Recreation Therapist

Recreational therapists, also known as "therapeutic recreation coordinators," are responsible for quality patient care by overseeing the planning, directing, and coordination of treatment-based programs for a variety of patients, including those with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.

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Recreation Therapist Tasks

  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.
  • Instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
  • Develop treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.

Recreation Therapist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Recreation Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Recreation Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$42,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Recreation Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$50,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Recreation Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$53,000 based on 24 salaries. A Recreation Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of C$57,000 based on 7 salaries.

Recreation Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Recreation Therapist?

Recreation Therapist in Calgary:
"Why I enjoy being a Recreation Therapist."
Pros: I enjoy helping individuals overcome barriers to leisure participation and helping them acquire skills to function independently in their community. It gives me personal satisfaction to help seniors explore past and new leisure persuits to improve their quality of life.
Cons: Working with difficult families which can be frustrating when their perception of their loved one is extremely different from what the individual is actually able to do.

Recreation Therapist in Edmonton:
"Stress managment,"
Be innovative, ability to priortize, flexability, think on your feet, sence of humour.

Recreation Therapist in Edmonton:
"Stress Management."
Be flexible, innovative, willing to listen to others ideas, Learn how to decompress, go to work shops to keep the creativeness flowing, maintain active member of your association.

Key Stats for Recreation Therapist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Recreation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲19%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
C$48,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 36%