Recreation Therapist Salary

A Recreation Therapist earns an average wage of $18.78 per hour.

$33,179 - $62,565
$33K
$45K
$63K
MEDIAN: $45,086
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50%
90%

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$12.98 - $27.60
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.42
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90%

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$0$62K
Salary $33,179 - $62,565
Bonus $1,000
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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$29,161 - $60,456
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 97
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $12.98 - $27.60
Overtime $20.55 - $51.52
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $1,000
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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$29,161 - $60,456
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122

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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.

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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 $38,000 based on 107 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 $40,000 based on 43 salaries. An experienced Recreation Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 43 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 $51,000 based on 37 salaries.

Recreation Therapist Advice

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

Recreation Therapist in Albuquerque:
"Dangers in the job."
Therapists are murdered. Dangers in working with criminal element & the mentally ill.

Recreation Therapist in Wailuku:
It's difficult to find jobs and not much incentive to move up in the field. Salary is less than ideal and burnout potential is high.

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Key Stats for Recreation Therapist

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Recreation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 19%
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