Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Mental Health Case Managers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K per year on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of Mental Health Case Managers are female. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Case Managers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,571 - $56,274
$27K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,612
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$12.69 - $21.27
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MEDIAN: $15.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,571 - $56,274  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,894  
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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$26,642 - $51,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $21.27  
   
Overtime
$7.13 - $38.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,894  
   
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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$26,642 - $51,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 318
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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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At the upper end, Mental Health Case Managers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. Mental Health Case Managers typically move into roles as Mental Health Counselors or Social Workers, and those positions pay $4K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Case Manager


Mental Health Case Managers seem to require a number of specific 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 29 percent, 23 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Community Outreach / Activism. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Crisis intervention.

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $36K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $33K. On average, Mental Health Case Managers make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Mental Health Case Managers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $47K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,461

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

For Mental Health Case Managers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+27 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), St. Paul (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (6 percent lower) and Seattle (5 percent lower).

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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

▲35%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Assessment
▲29%

Clinical Psychology
▲23%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲18%

Crisis intervention
▲16%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲12%

Bilingual
▲5%

▲4%


National Average
$34,000

Community Outreach / Activism
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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