Most Activity Directors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $14.50 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — roughly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,046 - $51,457
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MEDIAN: $37,789
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$10.78 - $19.47
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,046 - $51,457  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $4,805  
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$23,037 - $44,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 499
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Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$12.99 - $29.28  
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Bonus
$99.67 - $4,805  
   
Total Pay (?
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$23,037 - $44,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,189
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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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For Activity Directors, progressing to a Social Services Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Social Services Director can earn $45K annually. An Activity Director may also move into a role as a Therapeutic Activity Director or a Certified Activities Director.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Activity Directors flock to Capital Senior Living Corporation 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 $33K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $27K to $45K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Curriculum Planning, People Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Activity Director, CNA, and Creative. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Budget Management and Long Term Care. 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.


Activity Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Activity Directors see a median income of $30K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $33K. Activity Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Activity Director generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,730

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

For those looking to make money, Activity Directors in Pittsburgh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Activity Directors will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+20 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Scottsdale. Employers in Richmond and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
$32,000


Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

Organizing
up arrow 11%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 8%


Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$32,000

Creative
up arrow 12%

CNA
up arrow 14%

Activity Director
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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