Mental Health Worker Salary

Pay for Mental Health Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.82 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.64 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.59 on the higher side. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Mental Health Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,745 - $43,467
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$43K
MEDIAN: $33,254
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$9.64 - $17.59
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,745 - $43,467  
   
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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$20,877 - $40,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $17.59  
   
Overtime
$4.95 - $25.91  
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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$20,877 - $40,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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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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While Mental Health Workers do not often become Mental Health Counselors, the job pays $38K per year on average.

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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.


For Mental Health Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. Mental Health Workers see a median salary of $31K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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 72 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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