Mental Health Specialist Salary

The average Mental Health Specialist in the United States earns approximately $14.41 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.03 per hour, and the top verges on $22.25. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Mental Health Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,005 - $61,543
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,614
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$10.03 - $22.25
(Median)
$10
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,005 - $61,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
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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$22,885 - $55,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $22.25  
   
Overtime
$14.83 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
   
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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$22,885 - $55,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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 who advance into the role of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker are fairly uncommon. Licensed Clinical Social Workers on average earn $51K per year. 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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Mental Health Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Group Therapy and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 6 percent, respectively. 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.


Mental Health Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

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 6%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%
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