$42,179
Avg. Salary
$15.21
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Mental Health Specialist is $15.21 per hour.

The average pay for a Mental Health Specialist is $42,179 per year.

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$11.62
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$22.30
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MEDIAN $15.21
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$30k
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$59k
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MEDIAN $42,179
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$0$59K
Salary $30,290 - $59,003
Bonus $103 - $4,041
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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$25,386 - $52,767
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 193
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $11.62 - $22.30
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $9.93 - $35.44
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $103 - $4,041
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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$25,386 - $52,767
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 360

Job Description for Mental Health Specialist

A mental health specialist assists clients with understanding and living with mental illness and its effects on those around them, especially families. While many aspects of the job have a great deal in common with the work of psychologists or psychiatrists in private practice, the mental health specialist in many situations is the first encounter for a person seeking advice or counseling in this field. Mental health specialists may work in hospitals and clinics in this first-contact role; these specialists also work for wellness programs at businesses, schools and other institutions.

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Mental Health Specialist Pay By Employer

$0$40K

$33,249

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Specialist


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Mental Health Specialists who advance into the role of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker are fairly uncommon. Licensed Clinical Social Workers on average earn $52K per year. Career advancement for the typical Mental Health Specialist often leads to becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Mental Health Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Mental Health Specialist


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Mental Health Specialists who took the survey. Most notably, facility with Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Case Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 213 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 55 salaries. A Mental Health Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 16 salaries.

Mental Health Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Specialist?

Mental Health Specialist in Nashville:
"Below competitive pay for the mental health industry."
Pros: I'm familiar with the culture because it's home
Cons: below competitive pay for the mental health industry

Mental Health Specialist in Danvers:
"A fairly easy commute."
Pros: A fairly easy commute
Cons: Erratic drivers at times an intense police presence for traffic.

Mental Health Specialist in Columbia:
"I just wish we could get paid more money."
Just love the field of working in it. It requires a lot of patience. There are different days you can't expect the day to be the same. Your responsibilities are to take care of the clients according to the state requirements.

Mental Health Specialist in Nashville:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping others feel better as they are going through.
Cons: Putting in so many hours and less pay.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Specialist

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$36,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Specialist Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲20%


▼0%

National Average
$36,000

Group Therapy
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 22%