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Activity Director Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Activity Directors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $13.71 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.03 per hour on the lower end to $18.39 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Activity Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — over a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and just under a half receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$24,600 - $47,031
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MEDIAN: $34,124
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,600 - $47,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $906  
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$21,612 - $41,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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$10.03 - $18.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.36  
Overtime
$1.86 - $27.48  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $906  
   
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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$21,612 - $41,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,064
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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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At the upper end, Activity Directors who move into a Social Services Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Social Services Directors is $44K per year. The most common career progression for Activity Directors leads to becoming a Therapeutic Activity Director, where average pay is $33K annually. However, many Activity Directors also opt to become Directors of Activities of Assisted Living. Typically, a Director of Activities of Assisted Living brings home $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Employees of Golden LivingCenters can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $38K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $19K to $62K.

Kindred Healthcare reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $34K) but some workers make up to $45K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Survey results imply that Activity Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Budget Management, Elder Care, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management. 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 $31K. Activity Directors see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

Long Term Care
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Budget Management
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Elder Care
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National Average
$30,000

Event Planning
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People 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: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 36%