Most Activities Assistants in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $10.99 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,000 - $35,000
$30K
MEDIAN: $30,000
50%

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$8.93 - $14.44
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$30,000  
   
Bonus
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$18,624 - $30,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $14.44  
   
Overtime
$9.21 - $23.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$700  
   
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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$18,624 - $30,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 352

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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

  • 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.
  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Assist patients to and from activities including outings.

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. A common career progression for an Activities Assistant is to become an Activity Director or a Director of Activities of Assisted Living. Compared to Activities Assistants, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Pay by Experience Level for Activities Assistant

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $23K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $24K. Activities Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $26K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $23K.

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Key Stats for Activities Assistant

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Activities Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Activities Assistant Salaries

Event Planning
up arrow 7%

Elder Care
up arrow 6%

Long Term Care
up arrow 5%

National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
vision benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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