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Mental Health Specialist Salary

Median pay for Mental Health Specialists in the United States is around $14.56 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.09 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.53. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mental Health Specialists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,649 - $61,303
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,890
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$10.09 - $22.53
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,649 - $61,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
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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$23,249 - $55,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$14.80 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
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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$23,249 - $55,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185

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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. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Specialist often leads to becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as 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. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

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 $39K. Mental Health Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $50K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

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 56 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%
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