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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 $35K annually. Pay generally varies between $25K and $51K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,234 - $56,253
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,504
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90%

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$11.89 - $22.25
(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
$25,234 - $56,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,513  
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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$25,088 - $51,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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
$11.89 - $22.25  
   
Overtime
$4.70 - $32.46  
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 - $1,513  
   
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).
)
$25,088 - $51,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355

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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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As Mental Health Case Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Nurse Case Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Nurse Case Managers earn $62K on average 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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Survey results show that Mental Health Case Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Case Management is often linked with 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $35K. On average, Mental Health Case Managers make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Mental Health Case Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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 217 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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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