Activity Director Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Activity Directors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $14.77 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Activity Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. While one-third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,273 - $52,558
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$38K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,341
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$11.20 - $19.79
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$0$52K
Salary $27,273 - $52,558
Bonus $96.96 - $4,122
Total Pay (?
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$24,062 - $45,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 535
Hourly Data $0$29
Hourly Rate $11.20 - $19.79
Overtime $13.70 - $29.52
Annual Data $0$45K
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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$24,062 - $45,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,281

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Social Services Director, where median compensation is $45K annually. With an annual salary of $33K, Therapeutic Activity Director is the most common role for Activity Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Certified Activities Director role — which usually pays $31K — is also typical for Activity Directors, though less common by comparison.

Activity Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Activity Director


Activity Directors flock to HCR ManorCare, Kindred Healthcare, Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Golden LivingCenters, and Evangelical Good Samaritan Society, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Capital Senior Living Corporation — the median salary there is $35K.

Popular Skills for Activity Director


Activity Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Organizing, Curriculum Planning, Team Leadership, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CNA and Creative. For most people, competency in Elder Care indicates knowledge of Long Term Care and Budget Management. Most people familiar with Event Planning also know Budget Management and Long Term Care.

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: $32,536

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

Cincinnati is home to an above-average pay rate for Activity Directors, 18 percent higher than the national average. Activity Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+17 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Salt Lake City (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Scottsdale is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Fort Wayne and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent less).

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
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 290 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Activity Director Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$33,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Activity Director Salaries

Organizing
▲10%

Curriculum Planning
▲5%

Team Leadership
▲4%





National Average
$33,000


▼1%

Activity Director
▼1%

Creative
▼14%

CNA
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 290 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 32%
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