Mental Health Case Manager Salary (United States)

Just under three-fifths of Mental Health Case Managers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $32,627 per year on average. Pay generally spreads from $24,949 to $49,246 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and around two-thirds earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$25,217 - $51,494
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MEDIAN: $33,298
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Mental Health Case Manager Salary (?
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$11.66 - $21.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,217 - $51,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,000  
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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$24,949 - $49,246  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $21.30  
   
Overtime
$3.25 - $30.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,849  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,000  
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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$24,949 - $49,246  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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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 who transition into Registered Nurses are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $22K per year. Mental Health Counselors or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s are common next-step roles for Mental Health Case Managers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $4,945 or $18,174, respectively.

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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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $31K range but grow to $35K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $38K after one to two decades. As Mental Health Case Managers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Mental Health Case Managers, 48 percent higher than the national average. New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Seattle also offer top salaries for Mental Health Case Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 15 percent, 15 percent, 15 percent, and 8 percent more, respectively.

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

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 331 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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