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. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,472 - $73,037
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,236
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$14.16 - $27.33
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$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,472 - $73,037  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
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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$32,982 - $69,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 753
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $27.33  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
   
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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$32,982 - $69,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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 a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Nursing Home Administrator. The latter position pays an average of $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 $10K less and $6K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


The Salvation Army, Golden LivingCenters, Kindred Healthcare, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and HCR ManorCare are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Social Services Directors. Social Services Directors flock to The Salvation Army for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $49K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Salvation Army also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $27K at one end to $59K at the other end.

With a median salary of $42K, Golden LivingCenters provides Social Services Directors with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $50K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Survey results suggest that Social Services Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Budget Management, Clinical Supervision, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care and Geriatrics. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. Social Services Directors bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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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Counseling
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National Average
$48,000

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Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 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
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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