Residential Program Director Salary

With approximately half of Residential Program Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $32K to $73K per year and averages out to $50K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Residential Program Directors making up 73 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Residential Program Directors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$31,988 - $72,622
$32K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,315
10%
50%
90%

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$12.43 - $25.91
$12
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.95
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50%
90%

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$0$72K
Salary $31,988 - $72,622
Bonus $0.00 - $9,845
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$30,932 - $71,521
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 261
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $12.43 - $25.91
Overtime $20.77
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,845
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$30,932 - $71,521
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

Job Description for Residential Program Director

A residential program director is responsible for the management of an in-house residential or treatment center. Management includes supervision of staff, handling of financial information, and oversight of residential programming. Program and policy changes are set forth by the program director, who also maintains the residential center’s public image through publications and outreach. Residential programs that seek out this type of director include drug treatment centers, long-term care facilities, youth and young adult centers, and homeless transitional centers. Scheduling counselors, scheduling round-the-clock support staff, and coordinating external contractors are all part of the director’s oversight. While they may delegate tasks, all day-to-day operations of a residential treatment center fall under the program director’s purview. Every day may bring new challenges, and the director must efficiently and calmly tackle them. Internally, there may be scheduling problems and patient-related emergencies; externally, vendor and contract agreements must be met and maintained.

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Residential Program Director Tasks

  • Directs the staff in quality and caring support of elderly patients.
  • Plan and direct the assisted living program.
  • Act as liaison for conflict resolution between staff, patients, family members and physicians.
  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with boarding home regulations, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Common Career Paths for Residential Program Director


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Advancing into an Executive Director role seems to be a popular career move for Residential Program Directors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $75K per year.

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Popular Skills for Residential Program Director


Residential Program Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Clinical Supervision, Program Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed in Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Program Director

Pay by Experience for a Residential Program Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Residential Program Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 93 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Residential Program Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Residential Program Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 115 salaries. A Residential Program Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,551

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

New York, Washington, and Philadelphia — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Residential Program Directors. Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

Residential Program Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Residential Program Director?

Residential Program Director in Seattle:
"Treating kids and family from diverse backgrounds of trauma."
Pros: To see the change in children and staff as they learn they are good, and believe and trust the process of change.
Cons: Failing to meet the needs children and family's needs, and watching people suffer from their trauma.

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Key Stats for Residential Program Director

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Residential Program Director Salaries

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$49,000

▼4%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Residential Program Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲20%



People Management
▲1%

Budget Management
▲1%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 17%