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Mental Health Specialist Salary

Mental Health Specialists in the United States take home an average $14.99 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.15 per hour, and the top verges on $24.35. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Most Mental Health Specialists survey respondents are women (73 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,596 - $59,305
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$10.15 - $24.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,596 - $59,305  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
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$23,601 - $54,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $24.35  
   
Overtime
$13.81 - $34.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
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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$23,601 - $54,506  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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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Mental Health Specialists may experience if they take an upper-level role like Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The position pays an average $51K annually. 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 $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Survey results show that Mental Health Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Mental Health Specialists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $54K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Counseling
0%

National Average
$35,000

Case Management
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%