Mental Health Worker Salary

Median pay for Mental Health Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.05 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.04 per hour on the lower end to $17.77 on the higher end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Mental Health Workers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. The majority of Mental Health Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,199 - $43,504
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $32,662
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$10.04 - $17.77
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,199 - $43,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,464 - $40,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $17.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$5.12 - $26.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,464 - $40,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Social Worker, where median compensation is $38K annually.

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Workers make a median salary of $31K. 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 $34K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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