Activity Director Salary

Activity Directors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $14.76 per hour for pay. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. While roughly a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,677 - $52,546
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MEDIAN: $38,116
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$11.15 - $19.61
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$0$52K
Salary $26,677 - $52,546
Bonus $96.96 - $4,122
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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$23,893 - $44,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 545
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $11.15 - $19.61
Overtime $13.70 - $29.63
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $96.96 - $4,122
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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$23,893 - $44,990
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,265

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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 departmental staff operations including volunteers, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee, plan and direct the therapeutic recreation program.
  • Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.

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 $45K 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 Certified Activities Director role, where salaries are typically $31K.

Activity Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Known for taking on a considerable number of Activity Directors, HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Evangelical Good Samaritan Society are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Capital Senior Living Corporation — the median salary there is $35K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Curriculum Planning, Team Leadership, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CNA and Creative. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Budget Management and Long Term Care. Most people familiar with Elder Care also know Long Term Care and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Activity Director

Pay by Experience for an Activity Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Activity Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 928 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Activity Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Activity Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 409 salaries. An Activity Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 155 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,373

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

For Activity Directors, working in the bustling city of Cincinnati has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Activity Directors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+17 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Salt Lake City (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Scottsdale, which sits 15 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Fort Wayne and Atlanta.

Activity Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Activity Director?

Activity Director in Ottawa:
"My job."
Pros: I love my residents.
Cons: Back stabbing by upper management.

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 Abilene:
Pros: I LOVE MY JOB AND WHAT I DO, AT TIMES IT CAN BE STRESSFUL BUT WHEN I CLOCK OUT IF IVE MADE MY RESIDENTS HAPPY THEN I HAVE DONE MY JOB FOR THE DAY. I CAN GO HOME KNOWING I ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING.
Cons: Maybe the paperwork everything else I can handle and get thru one way or another.

Activity Director in Springfield:
"Stressfull, helping others, enrichening the lives."
Pros: Putting a smile on someones face, enriching the lives of the elderly.
Cons: Management, budget, the feeling of doing a good job, communication.

Activity Director in Mobile:
"A demanding Job got to love your resi."
Pros: My residents smile and enjoy there day I helped put that smile there.
Cons: When someone passes on that's the hard part knowing I only got a part of there life and that's putting smiles on there faces.

Activity Director in Paradise:
"Paying it forward."
Pros: Helping our seniors live a happy and enriched life in long term care.
Cons: Being in Management, I spend too much time in meetings.

Activity Director in Kokomo:
"Urban Semester."
Pros: I like working in my office.
Cons: Unexpected behaviors.

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Key Stats for Activity Director

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Activity Director Salaries

▲23%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$32,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

Organizing
▲11%

Curriculum Planning
▲6%

Team Leadership
▲5%





Activity Director
▼0%

National Average
$32,000


▼1%

Creative
▼13%

CNA
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 32%
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