Mental Health Specialist Salary

Mental Health Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.00 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Mental Health Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Mental Health Specialists making up 74 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,607 - $54,020
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MEDIAN: $41,407
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$11.66 - $21.99
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$0$54K
Salary $29,607 - $54,020
Bonus $100.67 - $2,061
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$25,251 - $51,552
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 112
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.66 - $21.99
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $12.70 - $33.01
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $100.67 - $2,061
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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$25,251 - $51,552
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211

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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

  • Manage caseload and documentation
  • Provide individual, family and group therapy
  • Develop treatment, prevention and intervention plans emphasis on prevention
  • Gather information about patients using interviews, case histories, observations and assessments

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Specialist


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There are some Mental Health Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Licensed Clinical Social Workers, where earnings are an average $52K annually. When Mental Health Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers. Those roles pay an additional $3K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Mental Health Specialist


Professional skills reported by Mental Health Specialists are few in number. Most notably, facility with Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 213 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 55 salaries. A Mental Health Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 16 salaries.

Mental Health Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Specialist?

Mental Health Specialist in Nashville:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping others feel better as they are going through.
Cons: Putting in so many hours and less pay.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Specialist

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$35,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲22%


▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Group Therapy
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 27%
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