Social Services Director Salary

Women comprise the majority of Social Services Directors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $52K per year on average. Pay ranges from $32K on the low end to $72K per year on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — nearly one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,532 - $75,257
$38K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,962
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$14.23 - $28.01
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MEDIAN: $19.49
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$0$75K
Salary $37,532 - $75,257
Bonus $0.00 - $2,009
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$32,526 - $71,650
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 643
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.23 - $28.01
Overtime $19.23 - $40.79
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,009
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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$32,526 - $71,650
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 388

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

Common Career Paths for Social Services Director


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For Social Services Directors, progressing to a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator can earn $82K annually. Social Services Directors most often move into positions as Geriatric Social Workers or MSW Social Workers. Geriatric Social Workers actually earn $10K less on average, however, and MSW Social Workers earn $6K less per year than Social Services Directors do.

Social Services Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Social Services Director


Known for taking on a considerable number of Social Services Directors, Kindred Healthcare, The Salvation Army, Trilogy Health Services, LLC, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Genesis HealthCare are leading firms in the industry. Genesis HealthCare offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $51K. Social Services Directors will also find cushy salaries at Kindred Healthcare (+$49K), Signature Healthcare, LLC (+$46K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (+$42K).

Workers at HCR ManorCare, Golden LivingCenters, and Trilogy Health Services, LLC also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $35K, $36K, and $38K respectively.

Popular Skills for Social Services Director


Survey results suggest that Social Services Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 19 percent, and 18 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. The majority of those who know Case Management also know 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: $48,826

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

For Social Services Directors, heading east means bigger paychecks — those in Boston, Baltimore, and New York earn more on average than Social Services Directors in the rest of the country. Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Lexington is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Fort Wayne (13 percent less) and Sacramento (11 percent less).

Social Services Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Social Services Director?

Social Services Director in Oklahoma City:
"Challenging and demanding."
Pros: My cowokers, my boss, the residents.
Cons: Unrealistic work load.

Social Services Director in Tawas City:
Pros: Helping others live a better life.
Cons: Paperwork.

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Key Stats for Social Services Director

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Social Services Director Salaries

▲13%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$49,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Social Services Director Salaries



Grant Writing
▲17%


▲2%

National Average
$49,000


▼6%


discharge planning
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 20%
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