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Mental Health Case Manager Salary

Mental Health Case Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $34K annually. Compensation ranges between $25K and $51K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mental Health Case Managers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,265 - $54,772
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $34,448
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$11.90 - $22.23
(Median)
$12
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,265 - $54,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
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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$25,118 - $51,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $22.23  
   
Overtime
$4.93 - $31.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
   
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).
)
$25,118 - $51,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356

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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, progressing to a Nurse Case Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Nurse Case Manager can earn $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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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. 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.


Mental Health Case Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Mental Health Case Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $35K. Mental Health Case Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $50K.

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
up arrow 15%

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 233 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%