Social Services Director Salary

Median pay for Social Services Directors in the United States comes out to approximately $50K per year, but employers in New York pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $73K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,250 - $72,834

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$14.16 - $27.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,250 - $72,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Profit Sharing
$786 - $3,052  
Total Pay (?
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$32,945 - $69,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 765
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $27.39  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
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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$32,945 - $69,234  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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 Licensed Nursing Home Administrator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator can earn $81K 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 all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Salvation Army — the median salary there is $49K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $27K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $59K.

Salaries are easily beat at Golden LivingCenters, where median pay comes to just $42K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $34K and ending at $50K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care and Geriatrics. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Counseling and Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Services Director

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For many Social Services Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Social Services Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. 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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
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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