Nearly three in five of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $119K per year, and the average comes out to $80K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (71 percent). The majority of Behavioral Health Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,573 - $119,231
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MEDIAN: $80,191
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$14.74 - $51.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,573 - $119,231  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$274.50  
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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$48,383 - $118,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $51.95  
   
Overtime
$50.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$274.50  
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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$48,383 - $118,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Behavioral Health Director


Survey takers who work as Behavioral Health Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 4 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. On average, Behavioral Health Directors make $88K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $94K on average.

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Key Stats for Behavioral Health Director

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
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National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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