Earnings for Mental Health Specialists in the United States come in at around $14.63 per hour on average. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Specialists is high. Female Mental Health Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,029 - $56,616
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MEDIAN: $41,304
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$11.42 - $21.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,029 - $56,616  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $2,200  
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$25,146 - $50,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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$11.42 - $21.30  
   
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Overtime
$14.53 - $32.76  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$150.00 - $2,200  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,146 - $50,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 215

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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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Though some Mental Health Specialists move into positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker (where the average salary is $52K), this progression is not the norm. Mental Health Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Specialist


Job skills reported by Mental Health Specialists are limited. Most notably, skills in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Case Management, Counseling, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy. Employees educated in Case Management are typically practiced in Counseling, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Mental Health Specialists. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $50K.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Specialist

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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