Salary for Recreational Therapists

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 wage of around 24000 to 36000 based on tenure level. Recreational Therapists can get a compensation of Thirty Nine Thousand Four Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Recreational Therapists have the most lucrative average salary level in the District of Columbia, where they can receive an average job salary of about $56910. Professionals that work in these jobs can get the best pay in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can receive pay levels, on average, of $46300.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.82 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Recreational Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $46,300
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Educational Services $44,170
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Educational Services $44,170
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Public Administration $46,300
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