Activities Assistant Salary

Activities Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $10.62 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.84 per hour, and the top verges on $13.83. Although slightly less than one-half lack health benefits of any kind, nearly one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly two in five get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Activities Assistants (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Activities Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$17,311 - $40,421
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MEDIAN: $29,666
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$8.84 - $13.83
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,311 - $40,421  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,414 - $29,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $13.83  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $19.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $200.00  
   
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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$18,414 - $29,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Activities Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $32K per year. Career advancement for the typical Activities Assistant often leads to becoming an Activity Director or a Director of Activities of Assisted Living; median salaries in these positions 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $22K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $23K on average. For Activities Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $22K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Activities Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 46%
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