Most Activity Directors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $14.58 per hour. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. For the most part, Activity Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $38,316
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$10.98 - $19.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,966 - $52,241  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $4,122  
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$23,526 - $45,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $19.57  
   
Overtime
$13.36 - $29.63  
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Bonus
$193.92 - $4,122  
   
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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$23,526 - $45,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,232

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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 departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee, plan and direct the therapeutic recreation program.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.

Common Career Paths for Activity Director


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Activity Directors may progress into high-paying roles like Social Services Director, where median compensation is $45K annually. More often than not, a Therapeutic Activity Director role is the next step for Activity Directors moving up in the field. Activity Director, Therapeutics usually make $33K per year. Many other Activity Directors choose to take on a Certified Activities Director role, where salaries are typically $31K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Evangelical Good Samaritan Society are among the top companies that take on many Activity Directors. Capital Senior Living Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $35K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Survey takers working as Activity Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CNA and Creative. Skill sets containing Event Planning also tend to include Budget Management and Long Term Care. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Long Term Care and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Director

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


For Activity Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $30K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $33K. Activity Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,979

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Activity Directors in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Activity Directors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+25 percent), Cincinnati (+21 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Scottsdale is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Activity Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Activity Director?

Activity Director in East Longmeadow:
"Resident Programs Coordinator (Activity Director)"
Pros: I like working with the residents. I get to see my Grandmother almost everyday.
Cons: The Salary. The Job Description is relatively vague. I end up doing more work but not compensated for it.

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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Key Stats for Activity Director

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Activity Director Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

Organizing
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Team Leadership
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Curriculum Planning
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Elder Care
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National Average
$32,000

Creative
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CNA
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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