Behavioral Health Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $80K per year, but may range from $49K to $119K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Behavioral Health Directors making up 72 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$50,254 - $119,623
(Median)
$50K
$80K
$120K
MEDIAN: $80,239
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90%

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$14.45 - $52.63
(Median)
$14
$24
$53
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,254 - $119,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
Profit Sharing
$49.00  
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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$48,962 - $119,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $52.63  
   
Overtime
$65.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,326  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.00  
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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$48,962 - $119,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. For most people, competency in Clinical Supervision indicates knowledge of Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Behavioral Health Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $92K on average.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 22%

Program Management
up arrow 2%

Program Development
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Clinical Supervision
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National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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