Behavioral Health Director Salary

With slightly less than two-thirds of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Behavioral Health Directors is $75K per year and can range from $47K on the lower end to $117K per year near the higher end. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (79 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,868 - $114,204

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$12.40 - $47.51

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$48,868 - $114,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
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$47,403 - $116,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $47.51  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $10,161  
   
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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$47,403 - $116,566  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Program Development, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Clinical Supervision indicates knowledge of Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K 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. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $89K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 31%

Program Development
up arrow 6%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%
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