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Behavioral Health Director Salary

With just under 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 $74K annually and can range from $47K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Behavioral Health Directors making up 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,607 - $107,492
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$49K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,101
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$12.24 - $48.00
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$48
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,607 - $107,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,391  
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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$47,376 - $112,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $48.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,391  
   
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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$47,376 - $112,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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Behavioral Health Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Program Development, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 15 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Clinical Supervision and Program Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


For many Behavioral Health Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. Behavioral Health Directors bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 33%

Program Development
up arrow 15%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 6%