Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.78 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.73 per hour and $17.55. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and slightly more than half have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Workers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,079 - $43,630

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$9.73 - $17.55

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,079 - $43,630  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
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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$20,983 - $40,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $17.55  
   
Overtime
$4.92 - $26.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
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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$20,983 - $40,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Mental Health Counselors. That role 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Mental Health Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $33K on average.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 28%
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