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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 $13.88 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.06 per hour to $18.57. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. The majority of Activity Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little less than half have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,553 - $47,998
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,711
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$10.06 - $18.57
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,553 - $47,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $646  
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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$21,644 - $42,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 467
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
$1.64 - $27.66  
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 - $646  
   
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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$21,644 - $42,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,121

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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 transition into a Social Services Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $44K per year. Going from Activity Director to Therapeutic Activity Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $33K. Many others choose to work as Director of Activities of Assisted Livings, where pay is typically $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Although Golden LivingCenters boasts the highest average salary in town at $38K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $19K or as much as $62K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at HCR ManorCare. While salaries on one end can reach $42K, the company's median pay sits at $35K, the lowest in the industry.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Budget Management, Long Term Care, 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.


For Activity Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.

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
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Elder Care
0%

National Average
$30,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 324 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
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 35%