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Mental Health Worker Salary (United States)

For Mental Health Workers, hourly wages usually total $12.79 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.33 per hour and $18.27. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Most Mental Health Workers are women (74 percent). The majority of Mental Health Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Mental Health Worker Salary (?
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$24,208 - $43,372
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MEDIAN: $32,320
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Mental Health Worker Salary (?
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$9.33 - $18.27
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,208 - $43,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
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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$20,450 - $40,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $18.27  
   
Overtime
$9.48 - $26.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $966  
   
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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$20,450 - $40,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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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For Mental Health Workers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like a Social Worker will earn $36K annually.

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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.
Mental Health Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. Mental Health Workers see a median salary of $33K 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. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a fair portion of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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National Average
$29,000
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Mental Health Workers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Mental Health Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+11 percent) and Chicago (+8 percent).

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
74%
female alumni
 
Male
26%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%