Social Services Director Salary (United States)

The median salary for Social Services Directors in the United States is $46,123 per year, and compared to other cities, New York offers the biggest paychecks at around $77K on average. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,863 - $73,855
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MEDIAN: $49,516
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Social Services Director Salary (?
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$13.68 - $26.88
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National Salary Data

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$34,863 - $73,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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$32,288 - $69,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 699
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $26.88  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $36.94  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$32,288 - $69,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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Job Description for Social Services Director

Social services directors are in charge of directing social services tasks such as admissions and transfers, as well as providing leadership for social services staff in their organization. One of their main functions includes providing accurate information regarding the admission process in their institution. They speak at community events and conduct educational sessions, as well as give tours to interested individuals and provide accurate information regarding existing programs. Social services directors arrange social services appointments for family members based on eligibility. They motivate social services staff to reach all organizational goals. In all tasks, the director must follow strict privacy and safety regulations.
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Social Services Director Tasks
  • Oversee staff operations and monitor budget.
  • Monitor progress and effectiveness of program plans.
  • Plan and direct a social services program.
  • Act as a liaison between patients, families and outside agencies.
  • Provide psychosocial intervention and support services for patients and families.

Common Career Paths for Social Services Director

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Compensation may increase greatly for Social Services Directors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Nursing Home Administrator may make an additional $33K per year than lower-end positions. Social Services Directors most often move into positions as Geriatric Social Workers or Social Worker (MSW)s, where they typically take pay cuts of $8,716 or $4,857 per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director

Though Kindred Healthcare leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $48,600, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $34K on the low end all the way up to $78K.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is The Salvation Army, where the median salary is just $31,603. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Signature Healthcare, LLC ($40,456) and Kindred Healthcare ($48,600).

Popular Skills for Social Services Director

Survey results suggest that Social Services Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geriatrics. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent in Counseling and Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Services Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Social Services Directors, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, pay rises to approximately $47K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $50K. After 20 years of work in the field, Social Services Directors typically earn $55K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries

Grant Writing
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Counseling
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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 21%