Mental Health Worker Salary

Pay for Mental Health Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.03 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the specific company. There are more female Mental Health Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Mental Health Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,861 - $43,420
$21K
$31K
$43K
MEDIAN: $31,027
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$10.58 - $19.55
$11
$14
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MEDIAN: $14.09
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$0$43K
Salary $20,861 - $43,420
Bonus $1,100
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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$22,049 - $42,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 92
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.58 - $19.55
Hourly Tips $1.62
Overtime $15.20 - $27.90
Annual Data $0$42K
Bonus $1,100
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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$22,049 - $42,254
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 384

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

  • Care for patients with mental illnesses or disabilities.
  • Supervise individual patients and/or groups in living or therapeutic situations.
  • Keep records, documentation and patient reports.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Worker


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It's not very common for Mental Health Workers to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $56K annually. Mental Health Counselors or Social Workers are common next-step roles for Mental Health Workers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Mental Health Counselors is $8K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Social Workers.

Mental Health Worker Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Worker


Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Worker

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 297 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 100 salaries. A Mental Health Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,336

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Mental Health Workers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mental Health Workers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Mental Health Worker's salary, with Sacramento Mental Health Workers earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 24 percent less in Tuscaloosa and 17 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Mental Health Worker Reviews

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

Mental Health Worker in Aurora:
"Repetitive work done daily."
Pros: What I like most about my job is seeing a smile on my clients face.
Cons: Management and organization also salary.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Worker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Mental Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲4%

▲4%

National Average
$30,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Worker Salaries

Bilingual
▲33%

Patient Counseling
▲23%

Group Therapy
▲14%

▲3%

Case Management
▲3%

National Average
$30,000

Health and Wellness
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 26%