Behavioral Health Director Salary

With slightly less than two-thirds of Behavioral Health Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Behavioral Health Directors is $82K annually and can range from $51K on the lower end to $125K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Behavioral Health Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Behavioral Health Directors survey respondents are women (70 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,922 - $124,415
$53K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,521
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90%

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$15.21 - $50.51
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MEDIAN: $41.61
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$0$124K
Salary $52,922 - $124,415
Bonus $0.00 - $10,203
Profit Sharing $274.50
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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$51,478 - $123,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 269
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $15.21 - $50.51
Overtime $40.00
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,203
Profit Sharing $274.50
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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$51,478 - $123,491
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 21

Job Description for Behavioral Health Director

Most of the time, behavioral health directors work at a health care facility. They usually must have a graduate degree in health, behavioral health, business administration, or a similar field. If applicable, they must have appropriate licenses in behavioral health.

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Behavioral Health Director Tasks

  • Adhere to local, state and federal guidelines and regulations
  • Plan, organize, implement and evaluate treatment programs
  • Monitor and revise policies and budgets
  • Oversee staff operations

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Popular Skills for Behavioral Health Director


Professional skills reported by Behavioral Health Directors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Program Management, Program Development, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Clinical Supervision are similarly competent in Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Director

Pay by Experience for a Behavioral Health Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Behavioral Health Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 51 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Behavioral Health Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Behavioral Health Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 100 salaries. A Behavioral Health Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 77 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,563

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

For Behavioral Health Directors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Behavioral Health Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Honolulu (+44 percent), Greenville (+20 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Behavioral Health Director's salary, with Atlanta Behavioral Health Directors earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Philadelphia and 9 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Behavioral Health Director

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
31%

Experience Affects Behavioral Health Director Salaries

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$84,000

▼7%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲17%


National Average
$84,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 7%