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Mental Health Case Manager Salary (United States)

Mental Health Case Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $34K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Mental Health Case Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Most Mental Health Case Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$25,367 - $54,192
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MEDIAN: $33,903
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Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$11.71 - $21.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,367 - $54,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,925  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,000  
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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$24,998 - $50,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 667
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $21.51  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $31.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,925  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $5,000  
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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$24,998 - $50,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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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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For Mental Health Case Managers, career progression to a Nurse Case Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Nurse Case Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $62K annually. 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 $5K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Job skills reported by Mental Health Case Managers are limited. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $31K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $35K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Case Managers make a median salary of $38K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $48K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Mental Health Case Managers, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Mental Health Case Managers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). With compensation 1 percent below the national average, Philadelphia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Case Management
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National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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