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Salary Range For Activity Directors

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Poll: What is your Hourly Wage? (347 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your Hourly Wage?

  1. 7-9 dollars an hour (23 votes [7.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.90%

  2. 10-12 dollars an hour (84 votes [28.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.87%

  3. 13-15 dollars an hour (96 votes [32.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.99%

  4. 17-19 dollars an hour (58 votes [19.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.93%

  5. 20-22 dollars an hour (16 votes [5.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.50%

  6. 22-24 dollars an hour (9 votes [3.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.09%

  7. 25-27 dollars an hour (2 votes [0.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.69%

  8. 27 or more (3 votes [1.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.03%

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#1 Raw42



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Posted 08 September 2004 - 04:57 PM

Hi everyone,
Can anyone tell me what the salary might be for an Activity Director for an adult day care?

Thanks Ruthann :-)

#2 Flgirl



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Posted 09 September 2004 - 05:38 PM

I get $34,500 as an Activity Director in an Alzheimer's /Dementia Adult Day Center in South FL. (Which by the way has not been opened since hurricane Frances because we 've had no electricity for 6days :cry: )

#3 Raw42



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Posted 09 September 2004 - 05:51 PM

I hope all goes well and you don't get Ivan to! Seems like Fl can't get a break.
Can you tell me how long you have been in this feild? Are you certified?
Thanks for replying.
:-) Ruthann

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Posted 31 October 2004 - 07:51 PM

Hello I just moved to Texas about 2 months ago, I grew up in Chicago. Mty husband decided to get away from the snow and move here, closer to his family.
I am searching for a Activity Director position in Houston. My questions is
what is the salary range on this kind of job in Houston? Does anyone know?

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Posted 31 October 2004 - 08:13 PM

Hi, not sure about Houston, but in San Antonio, I started out at $12.00 and three years later am at $13.26. Houston, of course, higher cost of living, so I wouldn't doubt if you would start at least at $15.00 or more.

#6 Brandy



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Posted 03 November 2004 - 05:58 PM

How much pay is sufficient for assistant activity director? I know everywhere is different, but I would like a guestimate.


#7 krysia



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Posted 03 November 2004 - 07:29 PM

I have just started working my way through this site.
I get paid through the charitable award in Australia. It would not help you.
Hope you dont nide being my first contact.

#8 Leese1



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Posted 04 November 2004 - 06:47 AM

When I was Assistant Activity Director I made $11.00. I'm in Western Mass, so you have to look at your area and the difference in pay.

Hope I helped

#9 lllucas


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Posted 04 November 2004 - 08:53 AM

Hi, Brandy! :-D

In Indiana the rate is somewhere between $6.50 and $8.00 depending on the amount of experience you have. If you are a CNA or QMA, the amount will be higher. If you are just starting out, the amount will be lower. Best wishes to you in your endeavors.


Linda Lucas, AD
http://www.theactivi...ctorsoffice.com ;-)

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 05:45 PM

Here in Florida (Palm Beach County), I made $11.50 as an assistant program director aka Assistant AD lol....Pat8231 8-)

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Posted 04 November 2004 - 11:51 PM

Hey Brandy,
The average pay in Texas for Ass't. is about $8.00 an hour. The amount will vary due to the experience you have, on the facility you work and depending on if you work in the city (Houston) or small town outside of the city.

I just recieved my newsletter from The Consortium for TR/Act. They have said that they are getting so many request from Texas about wages, that they are conducting a survey. They have sent out a questioneer. I don't know when they will have the results but once they have finished I believe it will be posted on their website. However their website is down and they hope to have it up aging by Christmas.

Then in the Activity Director's Guide the discuss the cons of our profession. The 4th one had to do with Low Wages. They had a good response on how to handle this. Basically it said: Wages are something you earn. You should provide an activity program that is a step above other facilites, ones that gets good press coverage, and one that lures in pppotential residents.
They suggest that you keep a record of the best programs that you have done. When it comes time for your review don't be shy! Boost about your accomplishements, be excited and talk about a few up coming events you have planned.
When they offer you a fifty cent raise ask for a dollar, if they offer you a dollar ask for two etc.. And if you don't get regular raises, ask for them!

This was a great article written by Marge Knoth. Again it is called Activity Director's guide.

Hope this is useful to you, P

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Posted 05 November 2004 - 12:03 AM

Hi Linda,
Welcome to Texas. What area of Houston do you live in? I'm a Houstian. The pay here varies from facility to facility and from LTC to Ass't Living. although not by much. Are you Nationally Certified? If not then you will need to become certified for Texas or become Nationally certified. That along with expernice will make a difference in pay. All of that being said you can expect about $12.00 to $15.00 an hour. This is a rough estimate but as we all know that we have come along ways these last few years in our profession but our wages are still on the low end of the pay scale. Later Pennie

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Posted 08 November 2004 - 09:36 PM

In San Antonio, I started making $11.50 hr. I think AD's a very UNDERPAID!

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Posted 09 November 2004 - 02:45 PM

Hi, Everybody! :-D

Let me add a great big “AMEN!” to Diana's message. AD's are terribly underpaid for the amount of responsibility and volume of work expected from them. Don't get me started, Sister! You all know as well as I do that the activity department is as important as any other, especially when it comes to resident psycho/social needs. Not only that, it is one of the greatest marketing points of any facility and provides a means of family and community action through its volunteer opportunities. And activities, volunteerism and the newsletter you write help attract clients as much as a marketing rep...if not more. Good care, good food, cleanliness and a vibrant activity department will always attract clients. Therefore, AD's should be paid at least as much as LPN's. Don't you think? When I win the lottery I'm going to build a nursing home that pays AD's what they are worth and has a large activity department budget!

Hallelujah, Sister!

Linda Lucas, AD ;-)




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Posted 09 November 2004 - 07:02 PM

In Northern NJ, the average rate for an assistant Activity Director is anywhere from $14 - 16 an hour.