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Residential Program Director Salary

Residential Program Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to one-half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K annually, but may range from $33K to $72K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Residential Program Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Residential Program Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,750 - $72,451
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,668
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50%
90%

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$12.12 - $26.36
(Median)
$12
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,750 - $72,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,016  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $7,900  
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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$32,857 - $71,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $26.36  
   
Overtime
$5.68 - $34.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $7,900  
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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$32,857 - $71,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Job Description for Residential Program Director

A residential program director is responsible for the management of an in-house residential or treatment center. Management includes supervision of staff, handling of financial information, and oversight of residential programming. Program and policy changes are set forth by the program director, who also maintains the residential center’s public image through publications and outreach. Residential programs that seek out this type of director include drug treatment centers, long-term care facilities, youth and young adult centers, and homeless transitional centers. Scheduling counselors, scheduling round-the-clock support staff, and coordinating external contractors are all part of the director’s oversight. While they may delegate tasks, all day-to-day operations of a residential treatment center fall under the program director’s purview. Every day may bring new challenges, and the director must efficiently and calmly tackle them. Internally, there may be scheduling problems and patient-related emergencies; externally, vendor and contract agreements must be met and maintained.

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Residential Program Director Tasks

  • Directs the staff in quality and caring support of elderly patients.
  • Plan and direct the assisted living program.
  • Act as liaison for conflict resolution between staff, patients, family members and physicians.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with boarding home regulations, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Popular Skills for Residential Program Director


Residential Program Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in People Management also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Program Director

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Residential Program Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Residential Program Directors make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Residential Program Director Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Residential Program Director Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 12%


Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Program Management
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 17%
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