Behavioral Health Director Salary

The majority of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States — just under two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $116K per year, and the median is $75K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most Behavioral Health Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,113 - $113,012
(Median)
$49K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,482
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$12.45 - $47.34
(Median)
$12
$30
$47
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,113 - $113,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$47,907 - $115,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $47.34  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
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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$47,907 - $115,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for Behavioral Health Director

Most of the time, behavioral health directors work at a health care facility. They usually must have a graduate degree in health, behavioral health, business administration, or a similar field. If applicable, they must have appropriate licenses in behavioral health.

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Behavioral Health Director Tasks

  • Oversee staff operations.
  • Monitor and revise policies and budgets.
  • Adhere to local, state and federal guidelines and regulations.
  • Plan, organize, implement and evaluate treatment programs.

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Popular Skills for Behavioral Health Director


Behavioral Health Directors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Program Development, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 16 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Clinical Supervision are, more often than not, also skilled in Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $72K. Behavioral Health Directors bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $89K on average.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 31%

Program Development
up arrow 16%



National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 7%
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