Mental Health Worker Salary (United States)

For Mental Health Workers, hourly wages usually total $12.79 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.33 per hour on the low end to $18.27 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—around one third lack coverage. On the flip side, around two-thirds have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Mental Health Workers making up 74 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Mental Health Worker Salary (?
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$24,208 - $43,372
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MEDIAN: $32,320
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Mental Health Worker Salary (?
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$9.33 - $18.27
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National Salary Data

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$24,208 - $43,372  
   
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$0.00 - $966  
Total Pay (?
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$20,450 - $40,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $18.27  
   
Overtime
$9.48 - $26.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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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$20,450 - $40,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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Job Description for Mental Health Worker

Hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities typically hire personnel under the title "mental health worker" to assist doctors and nurses with the daily mental health duties. The mental health worker assists in patient monitoring, physical assistance, and performing other general tasks for doctors and nurses. They are in contact with patients and must demonstrate empathy and patience, as well as be adaptable to a variety of situations. While specific tasks required of mental health workers vary by employer, these individuals generally do not possess a medical degree or registered nursing certification.
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Mental Health Worker Tasks
  • Keep records, documentation and patient reports.
  • Supervise individual patients and/or groups in living or therapeutic situations.
  • Care for patients with mental illnesses or disabilities.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Worker

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Mental Health Workers often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Social Worker position frequently earn an additional $7,050 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Mental Health Workers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries fall in the $28K range but grow to $31K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $33K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Mental Health Workers who have made it this far report earning around $34K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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National Average
$29,000
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With a pay rate for Mental Health Workers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mental Health Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+11 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%