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. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.72 per hour, and the top verges on $14.43. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Activity Assistants. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and just under a half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,597 - $34,877
(Median)
$15K
$24K
$35K
MEDIAN: $24,416
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$8.72 - $14.43
(Median)
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$14
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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Many Activity Assistants move into an Activity Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $29K per year. An Activity Assistant may also move into a role as an Activity Coordinator or an Activities Assistant.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Activity Assistants who took the survey. 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.


For Activity Assistants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $22K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $23K. Activity Assistants bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Activity Assistants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary 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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