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Activity Director Salary

The larger portion of Activity Directors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $13.87 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.06 per hour to $18.57. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Activity Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,657 - $48,245
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,985
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$10.06 - $18.57
(Median)
$10
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,657 - $48,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $625  
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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$21,702 - $42,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $18.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$1.57 - $27.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $625  
   
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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$21,702 - $42,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,131

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Social Services Director, where median compensation is $44K annually. A Therapeutic Activity Director role is the most common promotion for Activity Directors moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $33K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Activity Directors is a Director of Activities of Assisted Living position, where earnings are usually $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


The biggest paychecks can be found at Kindred Healthcare — the median salary there is $35K.

Although Golden LivingCenters hands out the lowest average salary in town at $33K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $19K or as much as $62K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Long Term Care, Budget Management, and Elder Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $32K. Activity Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 15%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$30,000

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
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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