Behavioral Health Director Salary

Behavioral Health Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under 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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Behavioral Health Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Behavioral Health Directors who took the survey. 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. It is often found that people who know Clinical Supervision are also skilled in Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Behavioral Health Directors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $58K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Behavioral Health Directors make a median salary of $78K. Behavioral Health Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $89K.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries



National Average
$77,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

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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