Updated August 18, 2021
Average Recreation Assistant Salary
$12.40 hourly
$25,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$19,000 yearly
$19,000
10 %
$25,000
Median
$34,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
75th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
Average$25,790$2,149$12
25th Percentile$21,000$1,750$10
10th Percentile$19,000$1,583$9

Average Recreation Assistant Salary By State

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Recreation Assistant average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$25,949$12.4862
Alaska$31,408$15.1042
Arizona$31,078$14.94143
Arkansas$20,432$9.8240
California$37,318$17.94511
Colorado$32,694$15.72170
Connecticut$31,906$15.3473
Delaware$31,312$15.0512
District of Columbia$30,060$14.458
Florida$23,922$11.50331
Georgia$22,116$10.63203
Hawaii$27,479$13.2128
Idaho$35,301$16.9726
Illinois$30,497$14.66214
Indiana$25,384$12.2078
Iowa$26,811$12.8956
Kansas$27,426$13.1955
Kentucky$25,691$12.3553
Louisiana$26,726$12.8544
Maine$31,724$15.2517
Maryland$24,394$11.73107
Massachusetts$33,475$16.09185
Michigan$30,440$14.63183
Minnesota$31,607$15.20136
Mississippi$23,184$11.1544
Missouri$28,204$13.5680
Montana$32,212$15.4934
Nebraska$25,688$12.3546
Nevada$31,835$15.3172
New Hampshire$29,062$13.9725
New Jersey$26,659$12.82179
New Mexico$32,170$15.4729
New York$31,184$14.99355
North Carolina$24,030$11.55136
North Dakota$33,735$16.2229
Ohio$28,830$13.86344
Oklahoma$24,523$11.7954
Oregon$30,581$14.7049
Pennsylvania$23,370$11.24210
Rhode Island$35,081$16.8714
South Carolina$24,038$11.5698
South Dakota$30,648$14.7312
Tennessee$29,593$14.2373
Texas$26,244$12.62415
Utah$27,395$13.17110
Vermont$31,074$14.947
Virginia$23,212$11.16146
Washington$35,616$17.12126
West Virginia$27,073$13.0232
Wisconsin$30,434$14.63113
Wyoming$31,510$15.1521

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Highest Paying Cities For Recreation Assistant

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Castro Valley, CA$38,855$18.68
Lakewood, WA$35,898$17.26
Lewiston, ID$35,464$17.05
Newport, RI$35,184$16.92
Commerce City, CO$32,702$15.72
Milwaukee, WI$30,098$14.47

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How much does a Recreation Assistant make?

The average Recreation Assistant salary is $25,790 per year, or $12.4 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $19,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $34,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Washington, Idaho, Rhode Island, and North Dakota provide the highest Recreation Assistant salaries.

Average Recreation Assistant Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$25,800$12.40+2.1%
    2021$25,300$12.14+2.7%
    2020$24,600$11.81+2.3%
    2019$24,000$11.54+3.0%
    2018$23,300$11.19+1.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Day Camp Counselor

    Avg. salary: $24,184

    The job of the camp counselors is to develop recreational plans and oversee camp activities in residential camps. Their duties and responsibilities include organizing camping trips, planning and scheduling group activities, and guiding children and teenagers in various outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. They are expected to lead campers in emergency procedures and fire drills, explain safety rules and procedures, and provide emotional support to campers. Camp counselors are also responsible for assessing and responding to emergencies when they arise.
    31,304 Day Camp Counselor Jobs
    Camp Counselor

    Avg. salary: $23,963

    Camp counselors' general responsibility is the supervision of a camping event. Camp counselors' duties include reiterating the rules and regulations, emergency drills and procedures, and related standard protocols to ensure that the campers maintain a safe camping environment. A camp counselor should possess strong leadership and decision-making skills to develop recreational programs and immediately resolve concerns that might affect everyone's overall camping experience. Camp counselors also help develop social interaction, promote teamwork, and monitor participation among campers.
    24,451 Camp Counselor Jobs
    Activities Director

    Avg. salary: $47,909

    An activities director is responsible for planning engaging events for the participants, considering individual interests and the safety of procedures and resources. Activities directors guide the activity staff on assisting the participants, ensuring that they are comfortable with joining the activities. Since most activities directors work at a healthcare facility or elderly institution, they must also monitor the health of the participants by conducting therapeutic activities and evaluate the participants' progress for every program. The activities director must be a critical-thinker, as well as have excellent communication skills to coordinate with facilities personnel for successful activity completion.
    15,914 Activities Director Jobs
    Group Leader

    Avg. salary: $92,666

    A group leader is responsible for overseeing and distributing fair tasks to the members, ensuring clear instructions and procedures. Group leaders are mainly the ones leading the team towards their success. Duties of a group leader also include setting the team's expectations, providing necessary resources to make the task successful, and sharing regular updates on the team's performance. A group leader requires to have strong leadership and problem-solving skills to manage team concerns and resolve complaints quickly and efficiently.
    68,904 Group Leader Jobs
    Program Lead

    Avg. salary: $79,819

    A program lead is responsible for managing a business program's operation from its conceptualization to implementation. Program leads must have excellent communication and researching skills to monitor current industry trends, adjusting program techniques and strategies to meet society's demands. They have a clear understanding of the organization's long-term goals and outline plans to define those objectives, bringing new programs to light following clients' specifications that would help the business grow revenues, maintain customer satisfaction, and keep its good reputation, and achieve profitability goals.
    69,750 Program Lead Jobs
    Site Leader

    Avg. salary: $65,587

    A site leader is responsible for managing the staff's performance, ensuring the smooth delivery of daily operations, and guiding the successful project completion by maximizing the staff's productivity within the specified timeframe and budget goals. Site leaders work closely with the clients, together with the site manager, to identify their specifications and requirements, as well as providing progress updates and suggesting design adjustments as needed. A site leader also performs safety inspections, making sure that all the staff follows the required operational procedures and regulations to prevent hazards and delays in project deliverables.
    64,096 Site Leader Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Day Camp Counselor$24,185$2,015$11.6331,304
    Camp Counselor$23,963$1,997$11.5224,451
    Activities Director$47,910$3,992$23.0315,914
    Group Leader$92,667$7,722$44.5568,904
    Program Lead$79,820$6,652$38.3769,750
    Site Leader$65,587$5,466$31.5364,096
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    Recently Added Recreation Assistant Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Management & TrainingRecreation AideEdinburgh, IN12/30/2021$31,827
    Management & TrainingRecreation AideNew York, NY12/30/2021$37,566
    CareoneRecreation AssistantWestwood, NJ12/30/2021$33,392
    City of Gainesville, FlRecreation Aide IIGainesville, FL12/29/2021$31,222
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    Management & TrainingRecreation AideHartford, CT12/28/2021$34,436
    Management & TrainingRecreation AideSaint Louis, MO12/28/2021$33,914
    Management & TrainingRecreation AideEdinburgh, IN12/22/2021$31,827
    City of EscalonRecreation AssistantEscalon, CA12/22/2021$31,430
    City of HendersonRecreation Assistant-SeasonalHenderson, NV12/22/2021$22,957

    Average Recreation Assistant Salary by Demographic

    Recreation Assistant Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $25,371
    female-income
    Female Income
    $24,281
    GenderIncome
    Male$25,371
    Female$24,281
    Median Recreation Assistant Income by Race
    Hispanic or Latino Recreation Assistants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian Recreation Assistants have the lowest average salary at $23,993.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$24,625
    Black or African American$25,016
    Asian$23,993
    Hispanic or Latino$25,480
    Average Recreation Assistant Salary by Education Level
    Recreation Assistants with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $30,215 annually. With a Bachelors degree, Recreation Assistants earn a median annual income of $27,494 compared to $26,148 for Recreation Assistants with an Associate degree.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$24,281
    Some College/ Associate Degree$26,148
    Bachelor's Degree$27,494
    Master's Degree$30,215