Mental Health Worker Salary (United States)

A typical Mental Health Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.79 per hour. Compensation starts at $9.33 per hour and can reach $18.27. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Mental Health Workers are women (74 percent). For the most part, Mental Health Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Mental Health Workers make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $7,050 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Social Worker.

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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.
Mental Health Workers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Salaries start at $28K, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $33K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Mental Health Workers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $34K annually. 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, 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

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National Average
$29,000
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Mental Health Workers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. 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

Late-Career
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$29,000
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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%
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