Social Services Director Salary

Social Services Directors in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $70K per year. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Social Services Directors. Social Services Directors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,535 - $73,766
$36K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,797
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90%

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$14.05 - $27.82
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,535 - $73,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,153  
Total Pay (?
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$32,252 - $70,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $27.82  
   
Overtime
$15.62 - $39.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,153  
   
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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$32,252 - $70,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 329

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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

  • Act as a liaison between patients, families and outside agencies.
  • Provide psychosocial intervention and support services for patients and families.
  • Plan and direct a social services program.
  • Oversee staff operations and monitor budget.
  • Monitor progress and effectiveness of program plans.

Common Career Paths for Social Services Director


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Social Services Directors may progress into high-paying roles like Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, where median compensation is $82K annually. Social Services Directors most frequently advance into Geriatric Social Worker and MSW Social Worker roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Kindred Healthcare, The Salvation Army, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Genesis HealthCare are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Social Services Directors. For Social Services Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Genesis HealthCare; in fact, median earnings sit around $51K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Kindred Healthcare, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where Social Services Directors typically earn around $49K, $46K, or $42K, respectively.

HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters, and Trilogy Health Services, LLC also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $35K, $36K, and $38K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 22 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing discharge planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Long Term Care and Geriatrics also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Counseling and Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Services Director

Pay by Experience for a Social Services Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Services Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 425 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Social Services Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 268 salaries. An experienced Social Services Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 281 salaries. A Social Services Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 151 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,274

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Eastern cities like Boston, Baltimore, and New York are lucrative areas for Social Services Directors, where pay is higher than the national average. With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Lexington is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Wayne and Sacramento (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Social Services Director

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries

▲17%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$47,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries



Grant Writing
▲21%


▲5%


National Average
$47,000

▼3%


discharge planning
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%