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Mental Health Worker Salary

An average Mental Health Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.75 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.42 per hour on the low end to $18.28 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Mental Health Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. Most Mental Health Workers survey respondents are women (72 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,278 - $44,791
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MEDIAN: $32,566
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$9.42 - $18.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,278 - $44,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
Total Pay (?
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$20,529 - $40,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $18.28  
   
Overtime
$6.47 - $26.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $974  
   
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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$20,529 - $40,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Mental Health Workers who advance to upper-end positions like Social Worker. Social Workers make $37K 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Mental Health Workers see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $34K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%