Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States can expect wages of $13.38 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Mental Health Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Female Mental Health Workers are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,797 - $41,819
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MEDIAN: $32,077
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$10.33 - $18.68
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MEDIAN: $13.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,797 - $41,819  
   
Bonus
$1,011  
Total Pay (?
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$21,855 - $40,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $18.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.62  
Overtime
$12.69 - $28.13  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,011  
   
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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$21,855 - $40,797  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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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

  • Care for patients with mental illnesses or disabilities.
  • Supervise individual patients and/or groups in living or therapeutic situations.
  • Keep records, documentation and patient reports.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Worker


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Mental Health Workers who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse are fairly uncommon. Registered Nurses on average earn $56K per year. Mental Health Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Mental Health Counselors or Social Workers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $29K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $34K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,832

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Mental Health Workers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Workers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Sacramento Mental Health Workers earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Tuscaloosa and 16 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Worker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲6%

▲5%

National Average
$30,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Worker Salaries

Bilingual
▲35%

Patient Counseling
▲26%

Group Therapy
▲16%

▲5%

Case Management
▲5%

National Average
$30,000

Health and Wellness
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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