Social Services Director Salary

Median pay for Social Services Directors in the United States comes out to approximately $50K per year, but employers in New York pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $68K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,220 - $72,274
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,183
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90%

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$13.90 - $27.67
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,220 - $72,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$32,763 - $68,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $27.67  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $36.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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).
)
$32,763 - $68,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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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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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 $81K per year. Social Services Directors most often move into positions as Geriatric Social Workers or MSW Social Workers. Geriatric Social Workers actually earn $10K less on average, however, and MSW Social Workers earn $6K less per year than Social Services Directors do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


The Salvation Army, Golden LivingCenters, Kindred Healthcare, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, and Signature Healthcare, LLC are top-notch employers for Social Services Directors in this area. For Social Services Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at The Salvation Army; in fact, average earnings are around $51K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($27K versus $69K) is great.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Budget Management, Clinical Supervision, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include discharge planning, Long Term Care, and Geriatrics. Most people who know Case Management also know 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.


Social Services Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. On average, Social Services Directors make $52K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,539

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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries

Grant Writing
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Counseling
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National Average
$48,000

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discharge planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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