Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States pull down an average of $13.35 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. There are more female Mental Health Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Mental Health Workers is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,952 - $41,629
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$42K
MEDIAN: $32,270
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$10.37 - $18.41
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MEDIAN: $13.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,952 - $41,629  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$21,962 - $40,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $18.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$14.54 - $27.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
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$1,000  
   
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$21,962 - $40,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 393

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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

  • Care for patients with mental illnesses or disabilities.
  • Supervise individual patients and/or groups in living or therapeutic situations.
  • Keep records, documentation and patient reports.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Worker


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For Mental Health Workers, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $56K annually. A common career progression for a Mental Health Worker is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a Social Worker. Compared to Mental Health Workers, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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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.


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 $32K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mental Health Workers make a median salary of $31K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $34K on average.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Worker

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲6%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Worker Salaries

Bilingual
▲35%

Patient Counseling
▲25%

Group Therapy
▲24%

▲4%

Case Management
▼0%

National Average
$30,000

Health and Wellness
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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