Average Base Pay
39.09% above national average
Additional Cash Compensation
A person in an entry-level Recreational Therapists role with under one year of job experience can expect to make an average annual salary of $48,680. A Recreational Therapists candidate with 1-4 years of experience makes an average total salary of $69,510. A person in a mid-career Recreational Therapists role with 5-9 years of experience makes an average salary of $81,300 a year. Recreational Therapists with 10 or more years of experience make an average of $89,580. In their late career (over 20 years of experience), a person in a Recreational Therapists role’s annual salary averages $98,470 per year.
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While certifications are not required for every Recreational Therapists position, they can certainly increase your salary and lead to an easier recruitment process when applying to enterprises that favor candidates with additional certifications.
The current Bureau of Labor Statistics states the salary is $81,300 higher than the national average for Recreational Therapists positions.
Yes, there is strong potential for promotion — either with an additional educational degree or with continued years of experience. There are a multitude of other positions Recreational Therapists roles that can advance both internally and with another company.