Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Those pursuing careers as Mental Health Case Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $35K annually. Pay ranges from $25K on the low end to $52K per year on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. There are far more female Mental Health Case Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Mental Health Case Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,304 - $57,636

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$11.84 - $22.08

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,304 - $57,636  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $4,069  
Total Pay (?
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$25,060 - $51,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $34.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$25,060 - $51,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Nurse Case Manager. The latter position pays an average of $62K annually. Typical career progression for a Mental Health Case Manager involves becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, roles that pay $4K more and $17K more on average.

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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. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Case Manager

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $32K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $35K. Mental Health Case Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K.

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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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Experienced
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Mid-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 189 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
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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