Information About Recreational Therapists

Training Requirements for Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapists need bachelor's degree.

Degrees for Recreational therapists
Training for Recreational Therapists
Percent
Less than High School 0.5
High School 8.3
Some College 6.7
Associates Degree 6.6
Bachelors Degree 60.3
Masters Degree 15.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 2.3

Employment outlook for Recreational Therapists

Represents about 18,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more recreational therapists but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 6,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, recreational therapists make $23.17 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Recreational therapists $13.47 $17.10 $22.31 $28.69 $34.78
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $15.59 $21.80 $30.49 $43.83 $64.87
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $23.60 $28.74 $37.49 $53.60 $84.62
Therapists $22.12 $28.11 $36.07 $45.37 $54.98
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, recreational therapists make $48,190 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Recreational therapists $28,010 $35,570 $46,410 $59,680 $72,340
Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations $32,430 $45,330 $63,420 $91,180 $134,930
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners $49,090 $59,780 $77,980 $111,480 $176,020
Therapists $46,000 $58,470 $75,020 $94,360 $114,360
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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