Activities Assistant Salary

Median pay for Activities Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.74 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.92 per hour and $13.80. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While nearly one-half report receiving no health benefits, close to one-half do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Activities Assistants are female. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$18,400 - $37,500
(Median)
$18K
$29K
$38K
MEDIAN: $29,483
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50%
90%

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$8.92 - $13.80
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$18,400 - $37,500  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $250.00  
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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$18,585 - $29,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $13.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$9.56 - $19.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $250.00  
   
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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$18,585 - $29,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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Job Description for Activities Assistant

Activities assistants generally work in extended care facilities, community centers, and other educational environments, and assist activities coordinators/directors to ensure that activities go as planned. They may also help their directors choose new activities which enhance relaxation, exercise, and mental stimulation and contribute to psychological, physical, and social development. This may involve interviewing participants to gain a better understanding of their needs, concerns, and interests.

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Activities Assistant Tasks

  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Assist patients to and from activities including outings.
  • Plan, organize and implement multi-faceted recreation activities for patients.
  • Supervise and instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.

Common Career Paths for Activities Assistant


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Activities Assistants who move on to become Activities Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Activities Directors get paid an average of $32K per year. Typical career progression for an Activities Assistant involves becoming an Activity Director or a Director of Activities of Assisted Living, roles that pay $7K more and $6K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Activities Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $23K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $22K. Activities Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $23K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Activities Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
0%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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