Activity Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Activity Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.76 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.43 per hour and $14.14. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over a half and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than half. Most Activity Assistants report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,450 - $35,014
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$35K
MEDIAN: $24,960
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$8.43 - $14.14
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,450 - $35,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $618  
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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$17,337 - $29,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $14.14  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $618  
   
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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$17,337 - $29,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Activity Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $29K per year. Becoming an Activity Coordinator or an Activities Assistant is often the next step for an Activity Assistant.

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Pay by Experience Level for Activity Assistant

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


For Activity Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $22K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $23K. Activity Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $23K. Activity Assistants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Activity Assistant Salaries

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National Average
$22,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 54% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 38%
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