Social Services Director Salary

The East Coast is the promised land for Social Services Directors; the three top-paying cities in America are New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,604 - $73,231
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,136
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90%

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$13.99 - $27.29
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,604 - $73,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
Profit Sharing
$786 - $3,052  
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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$32,932 - $69,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 732
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $27.29  
   
Overtime
$1.24 - $35.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
   
Profit Sharing
$786 - $3,052  
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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$32,932 - $69,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362

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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 who transition into a Nursing Home Administrator role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $78K per year. Social Services Directors most frequently become Geriatric Social Workers and MSW Social Workers even though median compensation is $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Kindred Healthcare pays the most with a median salary of $49K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $34K to a high of $78K.

Golden LivingCenters doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $41K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $50K and scope of pay is rather limited.

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 Grant Writing, Clinical Supervision, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care and Geriatrics. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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.


For Social Services Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. Social Services Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries

Grant Writing
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National Average
$47,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Geriatrics
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%