Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Mental Health Case Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $35K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $51K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Case Managers who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Case Managers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,318 - $56,643
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $34,602
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$11.80 - $22.20
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,318 - $56,643  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $4,069  
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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$25,055 - $51,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $22.20  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $34.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $4,069  
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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$25,055 - $51,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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Job Description for Mental Health Case Manager

Mental health case managers are responsible for is the development and implementation of care plans for their clients; these plans must be coordinated with the clients' home care services and physicians' orders. Additionally, mental health case managers are in charge of ensuring that all of these services are delivered in adherence with licensing guidelines, professional medical standards, and agency policies and rules. They also perform the clients' intake assessments and submit all documentation to health care professionals who need them. Mental health case managers also check up regularly on their clients and make recommendations based on the clients' health care needs. This is generally a full-time position, although this professional's hours may vary depending on their employer's and clients' needs.

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Mental Health Case Manager Tasks

  • Advocate for patient's medical care and basic living needs.
  • Provide for referrals and community contacts.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Supervise and support patients needs adhering to program guidelines.

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Mental Health Case Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Nurse Case Manager. The average Nurse Case Manager brings home $62K per year. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Case Manager often leads to becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Mental Health Case Managers note just a narrow range of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Case Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mental Health Case Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $35K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $50K on average.

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What is it like working as a Mental Health Case Manager?

Mental Health Case Manager in Dallas:
"High Energy, High Stress, Never a Dull Moment."
Pros: When I am able to truly make a difference in a client's recovery from severe mental illness and I am given the rare opportunity to see a client improve in his functioning and mental health over time, this is a truly rewarding experience.
Cons: My case load is monstrously over sized- I am responsible for over 250 individuals. Everyone in the organization is stretched so thin much of the time that we all have to take on duties that are not technically part of our job descriptions in order to make sure clients are served. We are often unable to give each client as much time and attention as we would like simply because they outnumber us so much.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries


Case Management
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 15%
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