Behavioral Health Director Salary (United States)

The majority of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States—just under two-thirds—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $43,782 to $113,459 per year and typically amount to $73,864 per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and most earn dental coverage. Female Behavioral Health Directors make up most of the field at 76 percent. Work is enjoyable for Behavioral Health Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Behavioral Health Director Salary (?
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$44,813 - $108,953
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MEDIAN: $73,987
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Behavioral Health Director Salary (?
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$12.29 - $47.84
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$44,813 - $108,953  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
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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$43,782 - $113,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $47.84  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
   
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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$43,782 - $113,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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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Survey results show that Behavioral Health Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Those with knowledge of Clinical Supervision tend to be skilled in Program Management as well.

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 less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Beginning workers can expect to earn $59K starting out, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. As Behavioral Health Directors reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $82K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 37 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 34 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 29 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Experienced
up arrow 3%
National Average
$74,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 33%
Program Management
up arrow 3%
Clinical Supervision
0%
National Average
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%