Activity Director Salary

Women account for the majority of Activity Directors in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $14.18 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.13 per hour and $18.83. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Activity Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by nearly one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,365 - $49,077
(Median)
$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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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Social Services Director. The latter position pays an average of $44K annually. The most common career progression for Activity Directors leads to becoming a Therapeutic Activity Director, where average pay is $33K annually. However, many Activity Directors also opt to become Directors of Activities of Assisted Living. Typically, a Director of Activities of Assisted Living brings home $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Activity Directors flock to Kindred Healthcare for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $35K lead the pack in compensation.

HCR ManorCare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $31K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $24K to $41K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Event Management, Budget Management, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Curriculum Planning and Activity Director, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Elder Care are similarly competent 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 many Activity Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,024

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

Activity Directors will find that Pittsburgh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 31 percent. Activity Directors will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Sacramento (+20 percent), and Phoenix (+19 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Activity Director Reviews

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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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
up arrow 2%

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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