Activities Assistant Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Activities assistants are also involved in planning, organizing, and directing activities and assisting the instructors who oversee them. Their work is partially administrative, but mostly physically demanding, so it is important to meet minimum physical requirements. The job may involve working with people who have physical or mental limitations or serving as a chaperone when travel is part of an activity.
In this job, it is important to be caring, professional, and patient, and the ability to work well on teams is also important. Both full-time and part-time positions are available, and a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is generally required.
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
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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