The average hourly pay for a Recreation Therapist is $19.40.
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What Do Recreation Therapists Do?
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.
Recreation therapists provide treatment services to restore and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and/or independence in regular activities. Reducing patients' physical limitations is done through a …Read more
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Certified Recreation Therapist
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What Are Popular Skills for Recreation Therapists?
Skills in Group Therapy, Program Development and Writing Procedures & Documentation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Documentation and Clinical Assessment.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Recreation Therapists?
An entry-level Recreation Therapist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $16.63 based on 15 salaries. An early career Recreation Therapist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.41 based on 157 salaries. A mid-career Recreation Therapist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.59 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Recreation Therapist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.84 based on 63 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $23.
Pay Difference by Location
Employees with Recreation Therapist in their job title in San Diego, California earn an average of 32.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (10.8% more) and Indianapolis, Indiana (9.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (12.4% less), Grand Rapids, Michigan (7.2% less) and Columbia, South Carolina (7.2% less).
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