Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Mental Health Case Managers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $35K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $54K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Mental Health Case Managers (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,784 - $59,210
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $34,984
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$12.10 - $22.23
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$12
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,784 - $59,210  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$25,569 - $54,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $22.23  
   
Overtime
$4.93 - $34.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$25,569 - $54,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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Though some Mental Health Case Managers move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Mental Health Case Manager is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Compared to Mental Health Case Managers, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $17K more.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Case Manager


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Mental Health Case Managers who took the survey. Crisis intervention and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 4 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of 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 many Mental Health Case Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $32K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. Mental Health Case Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $51K on average.

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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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Experience Affects Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Crisis intervention
up arrow 17%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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