Senior Center Director Salary
With nearly three-fifths of Senior Center 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 $26K to $89K per year and averages out to $49K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K, overall incomes of Senior Center Directors generally spread between $26K and $89K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (81 percent) of Senior Center Directors who took the survey are female. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Most Senior Center Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Senior Center Director
Senior center directors oversee facilities for senior citizens that may be privately owned or run by the government. These directors usually oversee a fixed staff that runs the facility, meaning they are responsible for delegating tasks, conducting employee evaluations, hiring and firing staff when necessary, and administering payroll.Read More...
Senior center directors often work with outside parties, such as teachers who provide classes for seniors and event service providers who facilitate special events. They also oversee a budget, and it is important to obtain the highest-quality supplies, activities and classes available at an appropriate price. Additionally, senior center directors must communicate regularly with seniors using the center's services to assess their satisfaction and determine what changes (if any) are needed to the center's facility and services.
A bachelor’s degree and management experience are generally required for this position. Senior center directors should have good customer service skills, as it is often necessary to interact directly with members of the community (including seniors at their center); they also need to be able to create and maintain a budget. The director usually has an office, but they may also walk around the center and participate in some activities. This is usually a full-time job, but may be part time if the senior center is only open for a small number of hours.
Senior Center Director Tasks
- Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
- Implement program plans by ordering needed materials, scheduling speakers, reserving space, and handling other administrative details.
- Identify and recruit potential volunteer workers.
- Schedule special events such as art, physical and social activities.
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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Center Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $37K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $36K. Senior Center Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $45K.
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