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Behavioral Health Director Salary

With just below two-thirds of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $114K per year and averages out to $75K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Behavioral Health Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Behavioral Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,126 - $109,011
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$49K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,991
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$12.34 - $47.68
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,126 - $109,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,342  
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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$47,742 - $114,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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Hourly Rate
$12.34 - $47.68  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,342  
   
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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$47,742 - $114,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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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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 32 percent, 14 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Competency in Clinical Supervision frequently indicates knowledge of Program Management.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $86K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 32%

Program Development
up arrow 14%


Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

National Average
$75,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%
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