It's impossible to make it big as a Mental Health Case Managers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $35K annually. 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. The majority of Mental Health Case Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Mental Health Case Managers survey respondents are women (79 percent). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,169 - $59,030
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$26K
$35K
$59K
MEDIAN: $35,327
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$12.56 - $21.13
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,169 - $59,030  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $4,983  
Profit Sharing
$2,449  
Total Pay (?
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$26,308 - $52,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 428
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $21.13  
   
Overtime
$7.03 - $38.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$242.40 - $4,983  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,449  
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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$26,308 - $52,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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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.

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Mental Health Case Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Nurse Case Manager. The average Nurse Case Manager brings home $63K per year. When Mental Health Case Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mental Health Counselors or Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Case Manager


Mental Health Case Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Clinical Psychology, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 24 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Community Outreach / Activism. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $33K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $51K.

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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 47%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Case Manager Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 30%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 24%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 21%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%

Bilingual
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$34,000

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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