The average Mental Health Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.18 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. More than half of Mental Health Workers (64 percent) survey participants are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,389 - $41,884
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$24K
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$42K
MEDIAN: $32,429
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$10.27 - $18.54
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$10
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$24,389 - $41,884  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$21,938 - $40,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $18.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$13.66 - $27.38  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$21,938 - $40,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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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Mental Health Workers who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $56K per year. Mental Health Workers typically move into roles as Mental Health Counselors or Social Workers, and those positions pay $8K more and $10K more, respectively.

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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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. Mental Health Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. Mental Health Workers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $32K.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Worker Salaries

Group Therapy
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Counseling
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Case Management
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National Average
$30,000

Health and Wellness
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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