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Mental Health Worker Salary

Pay for Mental Health Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.92 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.67 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $17.69. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Mental Health Workers making up 71 percent. Most Mental Health Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,720 - $43,630
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,096
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$9.67 - $17.69
(Median)
$9
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,720 - $43,630  
   
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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$20,912 - $40,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $17.69  
   
Overtime
$5.82 - $26.30  
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 - $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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$20,912 - $40,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334

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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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While Mental Health Workers do not often become Mental Health Counselors, the job pays $38K 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $30K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $28K. Mental Health Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. 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
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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