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Wellness Director Salary (United States)

Annual wages for Wellness Directors in the United States typically come in around $52K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Wellness Directors are female. For the most part, Wellness Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Wellness Director Salary (?
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$33,496 - $80,627
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MEDIAN: $52,058
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Wellness Director Salary (?
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$9.64 - $34.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,496 - $80,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Profit Sharing
$310.00 - $8,000  
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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$31,682 - $80,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $34.66  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Profit Sharing
$310.00 - $8,000  
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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$31,682 - $80,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Wellness Director

The wellness director is responsible for the planning and directing of the wellness program. S/he oversees staff operations, business planning and budget development. Responsibilities also include directing the wellness staff in health promotion and injury prevention, as well as ensuring that services are in compliance with professional standards, along with state and federal regulatory requirements. The wellness director must participate in professional development opportunities, as well as coordinate with other health specialists with regards to programming and planning. The wellness director must work closely with the executive director in realizing the shared vision of the program. The wellness director is often in charge of day-to-day operations, as well as special events and preparatory work for licensure inspections. The wellness director assures continuity of care, attention to detail and quality assurance. The wellness director will assist in the recruitment, training and determining of future staffing needs. The wellness director is usually a registered nurse, dietitian, or other certified health professional, but that is not necessarily a requirement for the position. The individual working as the wellness director needs to have a flexible work schedule, including working weekends, evenings and special events as necessary. The wellness director needs to be highly motivated, driven, and organized, but needs to like interacting with people, families, and senior citizens. S/he needs to be up-to-date on emerging studies in sports medicine, and family health and nutrition as it relates to all age groups, but especially for geriatrics. The wellness director is a good leader as well as a team player, one who has both a vision and can follow through.
Wellness Director Tasks
  • Directs the wellness staff in health promotion and injury prevention.
  • Plan and direct the wellness program.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.

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Job skills reported by Wellness Directors are limited. Program Management and Health and Wellness are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Wellness 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $46K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $52K. On average, Wellness Directors make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Wellness Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — over one-half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-sixth.

Wellness Director Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Wellness Director in Sacramento:
"Wellness Directors Advice."
Be well organized and know facilities policies and procedures. Don't rule with a iron fist. Hold your staff accountable for their actions. Use staff members (especially the nurses) mistakes as an opportunity to educate them rather than a slap on the hand.

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Experience Affects Wellness Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%
Late-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Wellness Director Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 9%
Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%
National Average
$52,000
People Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 14%