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Activity Director Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Activity Directors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.62 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.01 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.26 on the higher side. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly less than half have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Activity Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Activity Director Salary (?
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$24,386 - $46,393
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MEDIAN: $33,914
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Activity Director Salary (?
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$10.01 - $18.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,386 - $46,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $965  
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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$21,583 - $41,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 442
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Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$1.64 - $27.17  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$0.00 - $965  
   
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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$21,583 - $41,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
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Job Description for Activity Director

Activity directors are responsible for planning and developing successful activity programs. They are also in charge of creating a social environment in which participants can interact with others.
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Activity Director Tasks
  • Oversee, plan and direct the therapeutic recreation program.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
  • Oversee departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Activity Director

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As Activity Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Social Services Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. a Social Services Director typically earns $44K per year. Becoming a Therapeutic Activity Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Activity Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $33K. Another frequent advance is for Activity Directors to assume a Director of Activities of Assisted Living role; in this role, workers often earn $28K.

Activities Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director

Although Golden LivingCenters boasts the highest average salary in town at $38K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $20K or as much as $62K.
While select Kindred Healthcare employees may bring in up to $45K, a median salary of only $34K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. HCR ManorCare also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Popular Skills for Activity Director

Survey takers who work as Activity Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management. The majority of those who know Elder Care also know Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Activity Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Activity Directors make a median salary of $34K. Activity Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $35K. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly more than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Sacramento
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National Average
$30,000
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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Activity Directors, 26 percent higher than the national average. Other big spenders include Milwaukee, Portland, Dallas, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Activity Directors see paychecks higher than average (+24 percent, +18 percent, +17 percent, and +17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Scottsdale, 9 percent below the national average.

Activity Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Activity Director?
Activity Director in Peoria:
"It's Exciting, Rewarding, Challenging, Fun."
Pros: Our residents are wonderful. Anything I do for them, they return ten-fold.
Cons: Working with management.

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Experience Affects Activity Director Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

Long Term Care
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Budget Management
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Elder Care
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National Average
$30,000
Event Planning
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 325 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%