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Mental Health Specialist Salary

The average Mental Health Specialist in the United States earns approximately $14.71 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.10 per hour on the lower end to $22.67 on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Mental Health Specialists survey respondents are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mental Health Specialists. Although somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$28,316 - $61,462
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$28K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,253
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$10.10 - $22.67
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$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,316 - $61,462  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$23,219 - $54,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$14.80 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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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$23,219 - $54,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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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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Though some Mental Health Specialists move into positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker (where the average salary is $51K), this progression is not the norm. Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers are common next-step roles for Mental Health Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Mental Health Counselors is $2K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for MSW Social Workers.

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Typical Mental Health Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

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


Mental Health Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Specialists make a median salary of $43K. Mental Health Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 19%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 23%