Residential Program Director Salary

Residential Program Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about one-half of Residential Program Directors. Pay fluctuates from $33K to $72K per year, but expected earnings average $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Residential Program Directors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. The majority of Residential Program Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,360 - $72,240
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,675
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$12.08 - $26.55
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,360 - $72,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$32,613 - $71,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $26.55  
   
Overtime
$5.68 - $34.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,945  
   
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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$32,613 - $71,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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


Survey results suggest that Residential Program Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Clinical Supervision, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 11 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in People Management indicates knowledge of Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Program Director

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


For Residential Program Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Residential Program Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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
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Program Management
0%

National Average
$49,000

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%