Activity Director Salary

Activity Directors in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $13.93 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.08 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.52 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just under one-half. Work is enjoyable for Activity Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,860 - $48,889
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$25K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,579
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$10.08 - $18.52
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,860 - $48,889  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
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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$21,869 - $43,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $18.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$1.53 - $27.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $664  
   
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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$21,869 - $43,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,175
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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. More often than not, a Therapeutic Activity Director role is the next step for Activity Directors moving up in the field. Activity Director, Therapeutics usually make $33K per year. Many other Activity Directors choose to take on a Director of Activities of Assisted Living role, where salaries are typically $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Kindred Healthcare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $35K.

Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $33K. The best-paid employees do manage to haul in approximately $62K, however.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Long Term Care, Elder Care, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled in Budget Management and Long Term Care. Those educated in Elder Care tend to be well versed in Long Term Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. Activity Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $36K.

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

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Long Term Care
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National Average
$31,000

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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: 37% employee benefits None: 34%
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