Activity Director Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Activity Directors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.62 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.01 per hour to $18.26. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and about half receive dental plans. Most Activity Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's 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 (?
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$21,583 - $41,625  
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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  
PayScale
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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Activity Directors may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Social Services Director position may earn an additional $13,765 per year. The most common promotion for Activity Directors, a Therapeutic Activity Director position brings in an extra $2,911 annually. Another standard transition for Activity Directors seeking advancement is to assume an Assisted Living Activities Director role, where pay often drops by $1,693.

Activity Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director

Although Golden LivingCenters boasts the highest average salary in town at $37,516, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $20K or as much as $62K.
With a reported median salary of only $34,288, Kindred Healthcare takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town. Given the fact that some workers here earn up to $44,627, the disparity in salary is crystal clear. HCR ManorCare and Golden LivingCenters also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $34,885 and $37,516-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Activity Director

Activity Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management. It is often found that people who know Elder Care are also skilled in Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Activity Directors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries are typically $28K, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $34K after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Activity Directors earning an average of $35K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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Cincinnati
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Sacramento
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National Average
$30,000
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Activity Directors will find that Phoenix offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Milwaukee, Portland, Dallas, and San Diego, where Activity Directors typically earn around 24 percent, 18 percent, 17 percent, and 17 percent more than usual. The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Scottsdale.

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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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$30,000
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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%
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