Mental Health Worker Salary

Mental Health Workers in the United States take home an average $13.05 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.04 per hour and $17.77. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. The majority of Mental Health Workers (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Mental Health Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,199 - $43,504
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $32,662
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$10.04 - $17.77
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,199 - $43,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,464 - $40,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $17.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11  
Overtime
$5.12 - $26.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$21,464 - $40,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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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At the upper end, Mental Health Workers who move into a Social Worker role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Social Workers is a much higher $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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mental Health Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. On average, Mental Health Workers make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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