Salary for Recreational Therapists

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Also known as:  Certified Recreational Therapist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, CTRS, Drama Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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Individuals employed as recreational therapists create, organize, coordinate and observe recreational activities for patients in long-term care facilities, hospitals and other institutions. They treat recreational activities as therapuetic sessions, and monitor patient participation, mood and progress. Using this information, they may modify activities in order to evoke the desrired response. They may use these activities to teach new skills or to encourage physical and mental well-being. The majority of individuals in this occupation hold Bachelor's degrees.

A Recreational Therapist earns an average salary ranging from $31,450 to $79,250 depending on education and experience. will normally receive salaries of fifty-one thousand two hundred and sixty dollars yearly.

can expect the most salary in District of Columbia, where they can receive normal pay levels of just about $78,630. This group of people have the highest pay levels in Public Administration, where they receive average pay levels of $62,430.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.06 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Recreational Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$62,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,880
Educational Services
$56,090
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$55,560
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,960

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$48,960
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$50,700
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$55,560
Educational Services
$56,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,880
Public Administration
$62,430