Mental Health Specialist Salary

Mental Health Specialists in the United States take home approximately $14.65 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Mental Health Specialists survey respondents are women (73 percent). While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,513 - $52,408
$31K
$41K
$52K
MEDIAN: $41,157
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$11.38 - $21.53
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MEDIAN: $14.65
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,513 - $52,408  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,327  
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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$25,082 - $50,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $21.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.09 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$103.04 - $2,327  
   
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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$25,082 - $50,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 210

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Job Description for Mental Health Specialist

A mental health specialist assists clients with understanding and living with mental illness and its effects on those around them, especially families. While many aspects of the job have a great deal in common with the work of psychologists or psychiatrists in private practice, the mental health specialist in many situations is the first encounter for a person seeking advice or counseling in this field. Mental health specialists may work in hospitals and clinics in this first-contact role; these specialists also work for wellness programs at businesses, schools and other institutions.

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Mental Health Specialist Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Specialist


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Mental Health Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Licensed Clinical Social Workers. That role pays $52K per year on average. Mental Health Specialists most often move into positions as Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Specialist


Mental Health Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Group Therapy. Employees educated in Case Management are typically practiced in Counseling, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 213 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 55 salaries. A Mental Health Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 16 salaries.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Specialist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲42%

▲22%

▲12%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲24%


▲3%

National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 24%