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Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States take home an average $12.89 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.64 per hour, and the top verges on $17.77. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Mental Health Workers making up 72 percent. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,694 - $43,776
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,018
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$9.64 - $17.77
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,694 - $43,776  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
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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$20,839 - $40,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $17.77  
   
Overtime
$5.11 - $25.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $991  
   
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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$20,839 - $40,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326

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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Mental Health Counselor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $38K per year.

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $28K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $30K. On average, Mental Health Workers make $32K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $34K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$29,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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