The average Social Services Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $69K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Social Services Directors are female. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,496 - $72,465
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$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,467
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$14.30 - $27.88
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,496 - $72,465  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$32,522 - $69,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 614
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $27.88  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $38.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$32,522 - $69,203  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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.

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Social Services Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. The average Licensed Nursing Home Administrator brings home $81K per year. Social Services Directors most frequently become Geriatric Social Workers and MSW Social Workers even though median compensation is $9K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Kindred Healthcare, Golden LivingCenters, The Salvation Army, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, and Signature Healthcare, LLC are all popular places to work. Genesis HealthCare attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $49K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Kindred Healthcare, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and HCR ManorCare, top-paying firms where Social Services Directors rake in a $49K, $46K, or $45K, respectively.

Golden LivingCenters, Life Care Centers of America, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($37K, $38K, and $42K respectively).

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Social Services Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Lucky workers who know Grant Writing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Budget Management and Clinical Supervision are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 19 percent and 21 percent. Those listing discharge planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Long Term Care and Geriatrics also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. For Social Services Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Social Services Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,182

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For Social Services Directors, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Social Services Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Lexington, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Sacramento and 2 percent less in Fort Worth, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 115 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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