Mental Health Worker Salary

Earnings for Mental Health Workers in the United States come in at around $12.89 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.62 per hour and $17.66. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,694 - $43,776
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,076
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$9.62 - $17.66
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,694 - $43,776  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
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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$20,788 - $40,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $17.66  
   
Overtime
$5.96 - $26.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$20,788 - $40,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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 who advance into the role of a Mental Health Counselor are fairly uncommon. Mental Health Counselors on average earn $38K 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Workers make a median salary of $31K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $33K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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