Activity Director Salary

Activity Directors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.18 per hour for pay. Earnings generally vary between $10.13 per hour and $18.83. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,365 - $49,077
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$25K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,959
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$10.13 - $18.83
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,365 - $49,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $888  
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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$22,113 - $43,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $18.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$5.71 - $27.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $888  
   
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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$22,113 - $43,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,411
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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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Activity Directors may progress into high-paying roles like Social Services Director, where median compensation is $44K annually. 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 $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


For Activity Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Kindred Healthcare; in fact, median earnings sit around $35K, the highest in the area.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $24K to just $41K — but HCR ManorCare offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $31K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Survey results show that Activity Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Event Management, Budget Management, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Curriculum Planning and Activity Director as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Elder Care also know 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 many Activity Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. Activity Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $36K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,024

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

With a pay rate for Activity Directors that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Pittsburgh offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Activity Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Sacramento (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio.

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
$31,000


Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 4%

Event Management
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Long Term Care
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Elder Care
0%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$31,000

Event Planning
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Activity Director
up arrow 9%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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