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 $77K annually on average but can range from $47K to $117K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Behavioral Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Behavioral Health Directors. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,063 - $115,255
(Median)
$49K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,732
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$14.87 - $51.08
(Median)
$15
$32
$51
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,063 - $115,255  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$47,436 - $117,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $51.08  
   
Overtime
$18.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$47,436 - $117,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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

  • 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


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 28 percent, 8 percent, and 5 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.


For many Behavioral Health Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Behavioral Health Directors make a median salary of $78K. Behavioral Health Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $89K.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries



National Average
$77,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
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National Average
$77,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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