Activity Director Salary
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.Read More...
Most of the time, activity directors promote and organize activities to encourage social interaction. They also oversee and secure transportation requirements for the activities, as well as actively participate in staff meetings to monitor budget expenses and stay within company guidelines. Activity directors take a hands-on approach when providing services and make sure all activity participants are satisfied during events. They also must ensure all activities respect the diverse cultures, ability levels, and needs of participants. In addition, activity directors motivate and supervise staff so they get involved in activities in a way that respects safety, privacy, and organizational rules. They must be proficient with basic computer software to communicate with fellow staff and participants about activities and respond to email inquiries. Activity directors maintain excellent working relationships with other departments within their organization to ensure participants' satisfaction as well.
An associate's degree in health education, recreation, or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in a similar role are preferred. Additionally, potential activity directors must possess strong interpersonal skills, pay strong attention to detail, and be highly organized and results oriented. They must display leadership skills and be able to work well in a team environment and independently.
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
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
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).