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Social Services Director Salary

The East Coast offers the largest salaries to Social Services Directors; the three top-paying cities in the field are New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,908 - $73,214
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,387
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90%

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$14.09 - $27.51
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,908 - $73,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$33,135 - $69,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $27.51  
   
Overtime
$1.29 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$33,135 - $69,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364

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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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As Social Services Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Nursing Home Administrator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Nursing Home Administrators earn $78K on average per year. Many Social Services Directors go on to become Geriatric Social Workers or MSW Social Workers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $10K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


The Salvation Army offers the largest salaries in town ($49K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $27K to $59K.

Social Services Directors will find the worst pay at Golden LivingCenters, where the median salary crawls in at $41K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $50K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 17 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care and 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.


Social Services Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $41K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Social Services Directors bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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National Average
$48,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Geriatrics
up arrow 4%

Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

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