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Behavioral Health Director Salary

The majority of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $116K per year, and the median is $76K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Behavioral Health Directors. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$49,495 - $111,733
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MEDIAN: $75,563
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$12.24 - $48.00
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,495 - $111,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$48,707 - $115,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $48.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $7,500  
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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$48,707 - $115,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Behavioral Health Director

  • 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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Typical 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 30 percent, 13 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Experience with Clinical Supervision is often linked with knowledge of Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


For Behavioral Health Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $72K. For Behavioral Health Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $76K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Behavioral Health Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $86K.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 30%

Program Development
up arrow 13%



National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%