How much does a Behavioral Health Director make in the United States? The average Behavioral Health Director salary in the United States is $139,772 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $120,352 and $161,395. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Behavioral Health Director Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Behavioral Health Director Salary $102,671 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Behavioral Health Director Salary $120,352 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Behavioral Health Director Salary $139,772 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Behavioral Health Director Salary $161,395 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Behavioral Health Director Salary $181,082 US April 24, 2024
25% $120,352 10% $102,671 90% $181,082 75% $161,395 $139,772 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Behavioral Health Director need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


Quality Assurance: Verifying the adherence of product with required specifications and expectations to track and resolve deficiencies prior to product release.


Health Care: Health care or healthcare is the improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, amelioration, or cure of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in people.

Leadership 13.66%
Quality Assurance 2%
Health Care 1.59%
Others 82.75%

Job Description for Behavioral Health Director

Behavioral Health Director oversees the study and treatment of patients with emotional, mental, or psychological disorders. Develops, implements, and updates strategic initiatives, programs, and services. Being a Behavioral Health Director manages and directs the operations of behavioral health services. Uses knowledge of behavioral health research and trends to ensure the department's practices are up-to-date and effective. Additionally, Behavioral Health Director establishes training programs and supports and supervises staff. Ensures all behavioral health operations comply with clinical guidelines and regulations. Requires an advanced degree in psychology or related field. Typically reports to top management. The Behavioral Health Director manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. To be a Behavioral Health Director typically requires 5+ years of managerial experience. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Behavioral Health Director salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Behavioral Health Director, the highest Behavioral Health Director salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Behavioral Health Director salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Behavioral Health Director salary is in Miami, FL, where the Behavioral Health Director salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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