Residential Program Director Salary

For Residential Program Directors, yearly average wages total $49K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Residential Program Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$33,160 - $73,957
$33K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,479
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50%
90%

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$12.28 - $30.03
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.49
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,160 - $73,957  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$31,891 - $73,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $30.03  
   
Overtime
$17.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$31,891 - $73,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Residential Program Director


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Residential Program Directors might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Executive Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $75K per year.

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Popular Skills for Residential Program Director


Survey takers who work as Residential Program Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Clinical Supervision, Program Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with People Management also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Program Director

Pay by Experience for a Residential Program Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Residential Program Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 93 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Residential Program Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Residential Program Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 115 salaries. A Residential Program Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,800

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Eastern cities like New York, Washington, and Philadelphia are lucrative areas for Residential Program Directors, where pay is higher than the national average. In Minneapolis, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Residential Program Director

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Residential Program Director Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$49,000

▼4%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Residential Program Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲19%



People Management
▼0%

Budget Management
▼0%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 17%
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