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Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States take home an average $12.86 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.52 per hour and $17.90. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. Female Mental Health Workers make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Workers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,518 - $44,387
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $32,966
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$9.52 - $17.90
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,518 - $44,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
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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$20,684 - $40,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.52 - $17.90  
   
Overtime
$5.15 - $25.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$20,684 - $40,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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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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Though some Mental Health Workers move into positions like Mental Health Counselor (where the average salary is $38K), this progression is not the norm.

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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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mental Health Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Mental Health Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Mental Health Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $34K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

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 80 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%