Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Mental Health Case Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Mental Health Case Managers are female. For the most part, Mental Health Case Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,708 - $55,711
$27K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,967
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$12.68 - $21.53
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MEDIAN: $15.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,708 - $55,711  
   
Bonus
$306.39 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$2,397  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$26,759 - $50,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.68 - $21.53  
   
Overtime
$7.05 - $32.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$306.39 - $4,894  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,397  
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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$26,759 - $50,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Case Manager


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Mental Health Case Managers who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. Typical career progression for a Mental Health Case Manager involves becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a Social Worker, roles that pay $3K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Case Manager


Survey results suggest that Mental Health Case Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Assessment, Clinical Psychology, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 22 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Community Outreach / Activism. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Crisis intervention.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Case Manager

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Case Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Case Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 455 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Case Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 200 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Case Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 132 salaries. A Mental Health Case Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 52 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,797

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

With a pay rate for Mental Health Case Managers that is 29 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mental Health Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richmond (+26 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), St. Paul (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Seattle (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Mental Health Case Manager Reviews

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

Mental Health Case Manager in Jonesboro:
"Case Management."
Pros: Meeting new people and Assisting people that are less fortunate to help in their recovery.
Cons: The pay.

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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Key Stats for Mental Health Case Manager

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

▲34%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$35,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Assessment
▲28%

Clinical Psychology
▲22%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲17%

Crisis intervention
▲15%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲11%

Bilingual
▲4%

▲3%


National Average
$35,000

Community Outreach / Activism
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 15%
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