Social Services Director Salary

The median salary for Social Services Directors in the United States is approximately $50K per year, but employers pay the most in New York, offering around $73K on average. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,353 - $72,814
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,195
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50%
90%

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$14.17 - $27.31
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,353 - $72,814  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
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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$32,957 - $69,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 756
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $27.31  
   
Overtime
$0.80 - $36.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,983  
   
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).
)
$32,957 - $69,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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For Social Services Directors, progressing to a Nursing Home Administrator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Nursing Home Administrator can earn $78K annually. A lot of Social Services Directors advance their careers by becoming Geriatric Social Workers and MSW Social Workers. However, those positions offer $10K less and $6K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors fill the offices of leading firms The Salvation Army, Golden LivingCenters, Kindred Healthcare, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and HCR ManorCare. For Social Services Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at The Salvation Army; in fact, average earnings are around $49K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($27K versus $59K) is great.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $34K to just $50K — but Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $42K.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Grant Writing, Budget Management, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Long Term Care and Geriatrics. Most people familiar with 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Social Services Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Social Services Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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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Counseling
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National Average
$47,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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