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Social Services Director Salary (United States)

Social Services Directors in the United States earn an average of $50K per year; salaries are particularly strong in New York, where workers earn around $75K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Social Services Director Salary (?
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$35,219 - $73,372
(Median)
35K
41K
50K
61K
73K
MEDIAN: $49,850
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Social Services Director Salary (?
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$13.66 - $26.77
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,219 - $73,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,470  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,750  
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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$32,544 - $69,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 715
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $26.77  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $35.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,470  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $2,750  
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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$32,544 - $69,141  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Nursing Home Administrator. The position pays an average $78K annually. Many Social Services Directors choose to become Geriatric Social Workers and MSW Social Workers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $9K less and $5K less, respectively.

Social Services Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director

For Social Services Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at The Salvation Army; in fact, average earnings are around $50K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $58K) is great.
Golden LivingCenters offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $41K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $32K to $50K.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director

Social Services Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Grant Writing, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Social Services Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. As Social Services Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $54K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Boston
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Los Angeles
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Dallas
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San Antonio
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Atlanta
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Sacramento
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National Average
$47,000
Chicago
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Denver
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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
0%
National Average
$47,000
Case Management
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Long Term Care
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Geriatrics
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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
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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