Mental Health Specialist Salary

Mental Health Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $14.39 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $10.01 per hour and $21.77. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Mental Health Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Mental Health Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,828 - $59,226

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$10.01 - $21.77

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,828 - $59,226  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,542  
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$22,735 - $53,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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$10.01 - $21.77  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $28.52  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $1,542  
   
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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$22,735 - $53,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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Job Description for Mental Health Specialist

  • Develop treatment, prevention and intervention plans emphasis on prevention.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments.
  • Provide individual, family and group therapy.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Specialist


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It's not very common for Mental Health Specialists to move on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Average pay for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is $51K annually. A common career progression for a Mental Health Specialist is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker. Compared to Mental Health Specialists, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Mental Health Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Mental Health Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Mental Health Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Mental Health Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $48K on average.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 20%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 22%
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