Social Services Director Salary

Salaries for Social Services Directors in the United States average out at around $50K annually, but New York employers pay the most, offering approximately $68K on average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,220 - $72,274
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,183
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90%

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$13.90 - $27.67
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,220 - $72,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$32,763 - $68,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 856
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $27.67  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $36.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$32,763 - $68,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 416
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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 Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Licensed Nursing Home Administrators earn $81K on average per year. Social Services Directors most often move into Geriatric Social Worker or MSW Social Worker roles. However, the former pays $10K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Social Services Directors include The Salvation Army, Golden LivingCenters, Kindred Healthcare, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, and Signature Healthcare, LLC. The Salvation Army offers the largest salaries in town ($51K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $27K to $69K.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Budget Management, Clinical Supervision, 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 discharge planning, 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,539

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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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discharge planning
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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