Behavioral Health Director Salary

Behavioral Health Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75K annually on average but can range from $47K to $116K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,839 - $113,012
(Median)
$49K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,301
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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
$48,839 - $113,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,161  
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$47,403 - $115,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $47.34  
   
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$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 - $115,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Survey takers who work as Behavioral Health Directors report a focused set of job 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, 18 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Clinical Supervision also know Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


Behavioral Health Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $72K. Behavioral Health Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $88K, 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 31%

Program Development
up arrow 18%



National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
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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