Social Services Director Salary (United States)

The median salary for Social Services Directors in the United States is approximately $46,123 per year, but employers pay the most in New York, offering around $77K on average. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Social Services Director Salary (?
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$34,863 - $73,855
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MEDIAN: $49,516
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Social Services Director Salary (?
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$13.68 - $26.88
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,863 - $73,855  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$32,288 - $69,581  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 699
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $26.88  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $36.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$32,288 - $69,581  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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 make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $33K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Nursing Home Administrator. More commonly, Social Services Directors take pay cuts as they move into roles as Geriatric Social Workers or Social Worker (MSW)s, making $8,716 or $4,857 less per year, respectively.

Social Services Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director

Kindred Healthcare pays the most with a median salary of $48,600, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $34K to a high of $78K for base pay.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation—The Salvation Army offers the lowest median salary at $31,603—pay within the company still varies considerably, starting at $25K and reaching $53K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Signature Healthcare, LLC at $40,456, and Kindred Healthcare where $48,600 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director

Social Services Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.
In most cases, Social Services Directors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, pay rises to approximately $47K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $50K. Though minimal, Social Services Directors continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 27 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 18 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Philadelphia
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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National Average
$46,000
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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries

Grant Writing
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Counseling
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National Average
$46,000
Case Management
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Long Term Care
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Geriatrics
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Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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