Activities Assistant Salary
Women make up the vast majority of Activities Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.83 per hour. Although slightly more than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale 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
Many Activities Assistants move into an Activities Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $32K per year. Activities Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Activity Directors or Directors of Activities of Assisted Living. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $6K higher, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Activities Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker earns $22K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $23K. Activities Assistants bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $23K.