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Mental Health Professional Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$42,000
$25,000
$42,000
$71,000
Did you know that the average mental health professional makes $42,644 per year? That's valued at $20.5 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $25,000 and $71,000, meaning mental health professionals have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most mental health professionals find a job with health care and professional companies, while others work for media, health care, and hospitality companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire are the top states in the U.S. to pay mental health professionals the highest salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Eugene, OR
$55,477
Tacoma, WA
$55,139
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Map of Mental Health Professional Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Mental Health Professionals earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Mental Health Professional Salary By Location

While a mental health professional can average a salary of $42,644 per year, or $20.5 per hour, there are many opportunities for mental health professionals to make more. For example, in Santa Rosa, CA you might make $63,269 per year. Other high-paying locations include Eugene, OR, Tacoma, WA and Baltimore, MD. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Santa Rosa, CA where the average starting salary is $36,000. The highest paying states for mental health professionals include Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Arkansas offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
$63,269
$63k
Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR
$55,477
$55k
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma, WA
$55,139
$55k
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD
$47,762
$48k
Alexandria, VA
Alexandria, VA
$44,087
$44k
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA
$42,837
$43k
Plymouth, MA
Plymouth, MA
$42,442
$42k
Evanston, IL
Evanston, IL
$41,584
$42k
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
$40,769
$41k
Meridian, MS
Meridian, MS
$40,051
$40k

High Paying Mental Health Professional Jobs

Average Mental Health Professional Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a mental health professional, working for Centra or Universal Health Services might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Meridian Health and Wood Group Management Services report highly competitive salaries for mental health professionals.

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Mental Health Professional Salary History

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    Average Mental Health Professional Pay By Industry

    Mental health professional salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with media, health care, and hospitality companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a mental health professional can make a yearly salary of $46,664 while working for media companies. All the while, other mental health professionals are making $43,866 at health care companies and $41,661 at hospitality companies. One industry mental health professionals may want to avoid is the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $39,466.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Media
    Media
    $46,664
    $47k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $43,866
    $44k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $41,661
    $42k
    Professional
    Professional
    $40,883
    $41k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $39,466
    $39k

    Mental Health Professional Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for a mental health professional can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Mental Health Professional Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    South Carolina Job Board
    South Carolina Job Board
    Qualified Mental Health Professional (#014777) Kershaw CI, Kershaw Senior
    Qualified Mental Health Professional (#014777) Kershaw CI, Kershaw Senior
    Qualified Mental Health Professional (#014777) Kershaw CI, Kershaw Senior
    Lancaster, SC
    Lancaster, SC
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $48,960
    $48,960
    10/28/2020
    Family Outreach Mental Health Professional (Clinician II)-Crew
    Family Outreach Mental Health Professional (Clinician II)-Crew
    Kent, WA
    Kent, WA
    10/20/2020
    10/20/2020
    $54,600
    $54,600
    10/20/2020
    Licensed Mental Health Professional (Ibhs Program)
    Licensed Mental Health Professional (Ibhs Program)
    Boone, NC
    Boone, NC
    10/18/2020
    10/18/2020
    $46,203
    $46,203
    10/18/2020
    Maryland Government Jobs
    Maryland Government Jobs
    Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor
    Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor
    Mental Health Graduate Professional Counselor
    Maryland
    Maryland
    10/17/2020
    10/17/2020
    $44,140
    $44,140
    10/17/2020
    Corrections Qualified Mental Health Professional 9-P11
    Corrections Qualified Mental Health Professional 9-P11
    Coe, MI
    Coe, MI
    10/14/2020
    10/14/2020
    $46,394
    $46,394
    10/14/2020
    Mental Health and Behavioral Professional
    Mental Health and Behavioral Professional
    Mendota Heights, MN
    Mendota Heights, MN
    10/14/2020
    10/14/2020
    $61,200
    $61,200
    10/14/2020
    Licensed Mental Health Professional-Macon Co
    Licensed Mental Health Professional-Macon Co
    Decatur, IL
    Decatur, IL
    10/12/2020
    10/12/2020
    $50,088
    $50,088
    10/12/2020
    Austin Independent School District
    Austin Independent School District
    Licensed Mental Health Professional
    Licensed Mental Health Professional
    Licensed Mental Health Professional
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $59,825
    $59,825
    10/08/2020
    Mental Health Professional
    Mental Health Professional
    Sauk Rapids, MN
    Sauk Rapids, MN
    10/08/2020
    10/08/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    10/08/2020
    Public Health Management Corporation
    Public Health Management Corporation
    Center for Autism Mental Health Professional (Team Leader)
    Center for Autism Mental Health Professional (Team Leader)
    Center for Autism Mental Health Professional (Team Leader)
    Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA
    10/07/2020
    10/07/2020
    $45,517
    $45,517
    10/07/2020