Activities Assistant Salary

Earnings for Activities Assistants in the United States come in at around $10.74 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.92 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $13.80. The vast majority (89 percent) of Activities Assistants who took the survey are female. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one-half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by around half and dental insurance is reported by about two in five. Most Activities Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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
10%
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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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. It is quite typical for Activities Assistants to transition into roles as Activity Directors or Directors of Activities of Assisted Living, where reported median earnings are $7K and $6K higher per year.

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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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. For some reason, Activities Assistants with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $23K.

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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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