Activity Director Salary

Most Activity Directors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $13.93 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.08 per hour and $18.53. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Activity Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,758 - $48,908
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$25K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,450
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$10.08 - $18.53
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$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,758 - $48,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $646  
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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$21,851 - $42,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 498
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $18.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$1.60 - $27.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $646  
   
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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$21,851 - $42,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,174
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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 who go on to become Social Services Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Social Services Directors is $44K annually. The most common promotion for Activity Directors is Therapeutic Activity Director, a position that typically pays $33K annually. Another standard transition for Activity Directors seeking advancement is to assume a Director of Activities of Assisted Living role, where pay is often $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.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest median salary at $33K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $19K and $62K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Survey results imply that Activity Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Long Term Care, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Management. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Long Term Care. Skill sets containing Event Planning also tend to include Budget Management and 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $32K. Activity Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Activity Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $35K on 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
$31,000


Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

People Management
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Long Term Care
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Budget Management
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National Average
$31,000

Elder Care
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Event Planning
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Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 34%
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