Activity Assistant Salary

Women comprise the majority of Activity Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.25 per hour on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — slightly less than one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a little more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Most Activity Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$14,410 - $35,235
$14K
$23K
$35K
MEDIAN: $22,930
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$9.05 - $14.60
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MEDIAN: $11.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,410 - $35,235  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Total Pay (?
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$18,614 - $30,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $14.60  
   
Overtime
$14.70 - $22.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$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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$18,614 - $30,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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Job Description for Activity Assistant

An activities assistant generally works in an extended care facility and helps residents stay as active as possible. He/she is responsible for researching the best activities to stimulate the mind and body, so it is important that they stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

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Activity 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 Activity Assistant


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As Activity Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Activities Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Activities Directors earn $32K on average per year. Activity Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Activity Directors or Activity Coordinators. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Activity 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 $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $24K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Activity Assistants make a median salary of $27K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Activity Assistants report making only $26K on average.

Activity Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Activity Assistant?

Activity Assistant in Oxford:
"It is very rewarding to see how our activities affect people."
Pros: Having an avenue in which to affect people in a positive way.
Cons: My boss doesn't always make decisions with co workers and myself fairly Low pay.

Activity Assistant in Long Beach:
Pros: My job requires patience and understanding, a lot of the residents that live in the facility have no where else to live beside the facility so I've made it a goal to make they're life circumstances as pleasant as it should be.
Cons: The pay, only because it discourages people to actually come to work with energy and enthusiasm to work.

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Key Stats for Activity Assistant

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Activity Assistant Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Late-Career
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Skills That Affect Activity Assistant Salaries

Event Planning
▲8%

National Average
$23,000

Long Term Care
▼5%

Elder Care
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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