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Mental Health Case Manager Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, just under three-fifths of Mental Health Case Managers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $33K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a majority earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 81 percent of Mental Health Case Managers are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$25,217 - $51,494
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MEDIAN: $33,298
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Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$11.66 - $21.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,217 - $51,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $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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$24,949 - $49,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $21.30  
   
Overtime
$3.25 - $30.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $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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$24,949 - $49,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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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.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Case Manager

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Mental Health Case Managers do not often transition into Registered Nurse roles. The role tends to pay $55K per year. Typical career progression for a Mental Health Case Manager involves becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, roles that pay $5K more and $18K more on average.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Mental Health Case Managers who took the survey. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 6 percent respectively. Case Management and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Case Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Mental Health Case Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Mental Health Case Managers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, most land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Minneapolis
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Seattle
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Houston
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Dallas
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National Average
$33,000
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Mental Health Case Managers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 48 percent. Mental Health Case Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent).

Mental Health Case Manager Reviews

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
up arrow 27%
Experienced
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%