Behavioral Health Director Salary (United States)

With about two-thirds of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Behavioral Health Directors is $73,864 annually and can range from $43,782 on the lower end to $113,459 per year near the higher end. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 76 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Behavioral Health Directors. This outline is derived from replies 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 (?
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$43,782 - $113,459  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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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. Though starting salaries approximate $59K, they climb to $77K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $77K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Behavioral Health Directors after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $82K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 37 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 34 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 29 percent report more than a couple 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%
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