Social Services Director Salary

Most Social Services Directors in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $52K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $71K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Social Services Directors is high. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$37,274 - $74,409
$37K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,650
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50%
90%

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$13.96 - $27.73
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.19
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50%
90%

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$0$74K
Salary $37,274 - $74,409
Bonus $0.00 - $2,534
Total Pay (?
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$32,331 - $71,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 627
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.96 - $27.73
Overtime $16.66 - $39.16
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,534
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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$32,331 - $71,145
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 359

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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
  • Plan and direct a social services program
  • Monitor progress and effectiveness of program plans
  • 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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Social Services Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. The average Licensed Nursing Home Administrator brings home $82K per year. Social Services Directors most frequently advance into Geriatric Social Worker and MSW Social Worker roles even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

Social Services Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Kindred Healthcare, The Salvation Army, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Genesis HealthCare are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Social Services Directors. Genesis HealthCare leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $51K. Kindred Healthcare, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. also offer top salaries for Social Services Directors. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $49K, $46K, and $42K, respectively.

HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters and Trilogy Health Services, LLC are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $35K, $36K, and $38K.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing discharge planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Long Term Care and Geriatrics also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Case Management also know Counseling and Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Services Director

Pay by Experience for a Social Services Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Services Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 425 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Social Services Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 268 salaries. An experienced Social Services Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 281 salaries. A Social Services Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 151 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,148

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

Boston, Baltimore, and New York — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Social Services Directors. Lexington is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Fort Wayne and Sacramento (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Social Services Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Social Services Director?

Social Services Director in Oklahoma City:
"Challenging and demanding."
Pros: My cowokers, my boss, the residents.
Cons: Unrealistic work load.

Social Services Director in Tawas City:
Pros: Helping others live a better life.
Cons: Paperwork.

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Key Stats for Social Services Director

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries

▲15%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries



Grant Writing
▲18%


▲3%

National Average
$48,000


▼5%


discharge planning
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 20%
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