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Social Services Director Salary

The market for Social Services Directors is most competitive on the East Coast, where the three top-paying cities can be found: New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,780 - $73,087
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,399
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90%

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$14.04 - $27.50
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,780 - $73,087  
   
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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$33,003 - $69,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 737
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $27.50  
   
Overtime
$1.36 - $36.16  
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$26K$52K$78K
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).
)
$33,003 - $69,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 go on to become Nursing Home Administrators may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Nursing Home Administrators is $78K annually. 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


The Salvation Army does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $49K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $27K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $59K.

Employees at Golden LivingCenters take home the smallest paychecks, and $41K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $34K and quickly nearing the top at only $50K.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Long Term Care and Geriatrics. Most people experienced in 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.


For Social Services Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

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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 239 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
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 22%
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