Activity Assistant Salary

The larger portion of Activity Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $10.94 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.72 per hour on the lower side but can approach $14.43 on the higher side. Most Activity Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little less than half have dental, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,597 - $34,877
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$15K
$24K
$35K
MEDIAN: $24,416
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$8.72 - $14.43
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,597 - $34,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $582  
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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$18,070 - $30,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $14.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $582  
   
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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$18,070 - $30,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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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

  • 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 Activity Assistant


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Activity Assistants often transition into Activity Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Activity Directors earn $29K per year. An Activity Assistant may also move into a role as an Activity Coordinator or an Activities Assistant.

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Survey takers who work as Activity Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Elder Care and Event Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $22K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $23K. Activity Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $26K.

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What is it like working as an Activity Assistant?

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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Experience Affects Activity Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Activity Assistant Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Event Planning
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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