What are typical activities director salaries?

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Freda

50 months ago

Boy you are under paid! Here in SO CA a seasoned certified AD working in a SNF makes around 29k.

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gidget in Hampton, New Hampshire

50 months ago

CTRS in Massachusetts said: I work in a LTC/skilled nursing facility in Massachusetts and have a MS in Therapeutic Rec, my CTRS certification and Licensed in NH and make $40k/yr.

**note change in location**

I just moved to NH and got a raise...but again, I have my certification in THERAPEUTIC RECREATION which is different from an ADC, and have my MS.

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storiesforseniors@gmail.com in Chalfont, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

Hi Howard,

I tried to email my resume draft and can't seem to get it through to you.
Must have one digit off. Thank you for your help. I have an appointment with an AD on Monday. She is just someone that I get along with, and just wanted to follow her around for an hour or so. I offered to take her to Applebees but she said for me to visit at her office.Can you plese send me an email so I have your email address? Many thanks.
Trisha Gallagher

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Deb in Giddings, Texas in Giddings, Texas

40 months ago

Oh my... I'm really getting the shaft at my facility. I'm full time AD (TX-provisionally certified) for 2 years now. I also have 3 other job titles:
1- Medical Records Specialist
2 Primary Transporation Aide, and they have just added... drum roll please...
number 3 as Admissions Coordinator.
I only get $10 bucks an hour, sorry benefits and no chance of any kind of pay raise.
Our facility just hired a new administrator, which accustomed to a larger facility with 28 dept heads. She is a great person and I enjoy working for her. I told myself that I would give this new one a chance to make things better for Activities.
Today, I got the news that I'm going to be moved into a closet (5' x 12') maybe???of an office along with all the medical records for the last 10 years (plus get this)I'll be sharing this closet along with the kitchen supervisor which is a male slob. I'm on my last leg with this entire situation.
SOMEBODY PLEASE EITHER GIVE ME SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT OR TELL ME THAT I'M CRAZY FOR PUTTING MYSELF THROUGH ALL THIS AGONY.

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Howard Celnik in Los Angeles, California

40 months ago

Deb in Giddings, Texas in Giddings, Texas said: Oh my... I'm really getting the shaft at my facility. I'm full time AD (TX-provisionally certified) for 2 years now. I also have 3 other job titles:
1- Medical Records Specialist
2 Primary Transporation Aide, and they have just added... drum roll please...
number 3 as Admissions Coordinator.
I only get $10 bucks an hour, sorry benefits and no chance of any kind of pay raise.
Our facility just hired a new administrator, which accustomed to a larger facility with 28 dept heads. She is a great person and I enjoy working for her. I told myself that I would give this new one a chance to make things better for Activities.
Today, I got the news that I'm going to be moved into a closet (5' x 12') maybe???of an office along with all the medical records for the last 10 years (plus get this)I'll be sharing this closet along with the kitchen supervisor which is a male slob. I'm on my last leg with this entire situation.
SOMEBODY PLEASE EITHER GIVE ME SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT OR TELL ME THAT I'M CRAZY FOR PUTTING MYSELF THROUGH ALL THIS AGONY.

Hello Deb.
If you're not satisfied where you are, look for another opportunity. Don't leave your job until you have secured another, and then make sure to give at least a one week notice. Maybe your new boss will be willing to pay you more to keep you. If you feel strongly about working where you are, you'll stay at a higher rate of pay. If not, it's time for you to move on.

Best wishes in whatever you decide.

Howard

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gidget in Hampton NH in Exeter, New Hampshire

40 months ago

I have replied before on this forum...I have a Master's in Therapeutic Recreation and make $40k/yr as an Engaged Life Director in an Assisted Living facility in Massachusetts, but spent the past 3 yrs. in a nursing home making the same pay with excellent benefits.

I do not know how you are accomplishing all you do with any kind of quality to your residents, and YES, I do think you are bing taken advantage of. By adding job upon job to your plate, they are doing a disservice to your clients, and that is not okay!

I agree with Howard that you need to look elsewhere if you are not satisfied with your job (and it is clear you are frustrated, but only you can say that). As far as giving notice, do not burn your bridges...check your employee handbook and give the proper notice. It is usually 2 weeks but mine has always been 4 weeks as a department head. I gave 5 weeks myself because I never leave a job without a good recommendation.

Most places require two years experience when hiring for an activities director, recreation director, engaged life director, etc. You now have that under your belt, so check the websites and start applying!

Best of luck to you!

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gidget in Hampton NH in Exeter, New Hampshire

40 months ago

Deb in Giddings, Texas in Giddings, Texas said: Oh my... I'm really getting the shaft at my facility. I'm full time AD (TX-provisionally certified) for 2 years now. I also have 3 other job titles:
1- Medical Records Specialist
2 Primary Transporation Aide, and they have just added... drum roll please...
number 3 as Admissions Coordinator.
I only get $10 bucks an hour, sorry benefits and no chance of any kind of pay raise.
Our facility just hired a new administrator, which accustomed to a larger facility with 28 dept heads. She is a great person and I enjoy working for her. I told myself that I would give this new one a chance to make things better for Activities.
Today, I got the news that I'm going to be moved into a closet (5' x 12') maybe???of an office along with all the medical records for the last 10 years (plus get this)I'll be sharing this closet along with the kitchen supervisor which is a male slob. I'm on my last leg with this entire situation.
SOMEBODY PLEASE EITHER GIVE ME SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT OR TELL ME THAT I'M CRAZY FOR PUTTING MYSELF THROUGH ALL THIS AGONY.

deb...i replied below!

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Diana in Medford, Oregon

35 months ago

I am in Medford, Oregon until April and caring for a home for some friends, (Then my hubby and I are going to Reno to buy and retire).I would like to get my Certificate while sitting around. I have been an assistant and director and want to return to the field. Can someone please tell me how to do this online without a sponsor at a facility?

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gidget in Exeter, New Hampshire

35 months ago

Diana in Medford, Oregon said: I am in Medford, Oregon until April and caring for a home for some friends, (Then my hubby and I are going to Reno to buy and retire).I would like to get my Certificate while sitting around. I have been an assistant and director and want to return to the field. Can someone please tell me how to do this online without a sponsor at a facility?

Diana,

I think it most likely depends on where you work and what type of community. My ALF only hires directors with degrees in geriatrics, therapeutic recreation, social services, or other related field. There are some communities that hire strictly 'activity directors' and really try to low ball on salary. If you simply want to schedule activities without any therapy involved, I would suggest contacting an organization such as Natl Association of Activity Directors or similar panel to find out where to go. Here in the Northeast they are striving to make Rec Directors or Engage Life Specialists equal with PT, OT and SLP and that requires at least a BS and often a Masters degree.

Best of luck to you in your move and job change!!

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JLL in Alhambra, California

31 months ago

What should a Director of Residential Activities/Volunteers in a CCRC make with 2 years experience with a Master's Degree in Gerontology, an RCFE license and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner?

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Christina-The Vi in Mountain View, California

29 months ago

I'm only the activities coordinator for an independent luxury retirement community in N. California, but started at $20.00/hr, with full benefits. My director's annual salary is about $80k, with a BA, MBA, Gerontology certificate, and RCFE license.

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JulesK in Dublin, Ireland

21 months ago

Bethany in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Everyone should try working at larger communities. In some CCRC's (Continuing care retirement communities) the Activity Director makes about 50,000 a year. even more with degree and experience.

Hi Bethany,

I have a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy and wonder if I would start off on a higher wage because of that?

Best regards,
Julie

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CTRS in Massachusetts

21 months ago

JulesK in Dublin, Ireland said: Hi Bethany,

I have a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy and wonder if I would start off on a higher wage because of that?

Best regards,
Julie

I have a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation with my CTRS designation. I am considered overqualified for the position, but have spent the past 4.5 years learning the ropes to advance in the field. I make $40,000 in Mass. and know of people with a BS who make 25%+ more than me for the same job in different communities...depends upon number of residents, size of community, etc.

I hope this helps.

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Tls in Wayne, Pennsylvania

20 months ago

Im making 16.22 as an assistant in PA but then again I also have a MFA in FINE ART

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CTRS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

18 months ago

I work in the Philadelphia suburbs. I have a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and have completed some of my work towards my Masters in TR. Leaving school I started at an Assisted Living making $17.00/hour as the Director and only Activities staff person. When I left there, I was making $18.86 because of raises I had received during my time there.

I now work for a CCRC as the Director of Recreation. I started here at $46,000/year. My staff are all certified as Activity Directors, CTRS or Music Therapists, and have at least a bachelor's degree in a related field and start in the department at $15.75/hour with annual raises.

In order to be qualified to facilitate activities in a nursing home or geriatric care setting, I would suggest at least becoming certified as an Activity Director or similar certification, or getting some formal training in the field. It is a medical field, and we provide therapeutic services to our residents. You wouldn't see a doctor or a psychiatrist who had no training or experience, so why would our residents want to work with someone who has no background in providing therapeutic activities?

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Cara in Denton, Texas

16 months ago

Jenna in Atlanta, Georgia said: I was hired yesterday, Jan. 20, 2008 for a activity director position and was offered $11. I have a bachelors degree (just graduated college , not much real job experience) but not in anything to do with the job. I did some volutneer work but not much, is this a fair wage with the way the economy is and that I live in GA?

What was your degree in, if you don't mind me asking?

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pg620 in Hugoton, Kansas

10 months ago

I live in Kansas. I was hired with no experience for the job, what so ever. My starting pay was $10/hr. The facility paid for me to get my CNA and my Activity Director Certificate, and I am not getting paid $10.75/

I was want to actually see, since there was alot of activity directors that posted on here, if anyone would like to start a group, to where we can share what we are putting on our calendars and what activities we are doing, I dont know about any of you but every now and then I need some new ideas!

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