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 $10.78 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.44 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.19. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by over one-half and dental insurance is reported by a little less than one-half. The majority of Activity Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$8.44 - $14.19
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.44 - $14.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.14  
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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$17,540 - $29,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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. It is not uncommon for an Activity Assistant to continue on to become an Activity Coordinator or an Activities 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.


Activity Assistants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $22K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $23K. Activity Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $23K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Activity Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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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: 55% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 38%
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