Average Mental Health Specialist Salary
$40,000 yearly
$14.29 hourly
Updated July 8, 2021
$28,000
10 %
$40,000
Median
$58,000
90 %
Mental health specialists in the United States make an average salary of $40,926 per year or $19.68 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000. As most things go, location can be critical. North Dakota, Nevada, Washington, Alaska, and California provide the highest mental health specialist salaries.

Average Mental Health Specialist Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where mental health specialists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Mental Health Specialist average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$30,514
$30,514
$14.67
$14.67
Alaska
Alaska
$51,188
$51,188
$24.61
$24.61
Arizona
Arizona
$36,107
$36,107
$17.36
$17.36
Arkansas
Arkansas
$34,864
$34,864
$16.76
$16.76
California
California
$50,717
$50,717
$24.38
$24.38
Colorado
Colorado
$40,934
$40,934
$19.68
$19.68
Connecticut
Connecticut
$47,565
$47,565
$22.87
$22.87
Delaware
Delaware
$47,981
$47,981
$23.07
$23.07
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$51,096
$51,096
$24.57
$24.57
Florida
Florida
$42,902
$42,902
$20.63
$20.63
Georgia
Georgia
$31,349
$31,349
$15.07
$15.07
Hawaii
Hawaii
$44,920
$44,920
$21.60
$21.60
Idaho
Idaho
$45,152
$45,152
$21.71
$21.71
Illinois
Illinois
$43,080
$43,080
$20.71
$20.71
Indiana
Indiana
$36,207
$36,207
$17.41
$17.41
Iowa
Iowa
$49,811
$49,811
$23.95
$23.95
Kansas
Kansas
$35,504
$35,504
$17.07
$17.07
Kentucky
Kentucky
$28,713
$28,713
$13.80
$13.80
Louisiana
Louisiana
$37,151
$37,151
$17.86
$17.86
Maine
Maine
$40,550
$40,550
$19.50
$19.50
Maryland
Maryland
$39,011
$39,011
$18.76
$18.76
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$34,742
$34,742
$16.70
$16.70
Michigan
Michigan
$38,720
$38,720
$18.62
$18.62
Minnesota
Minnesota
$41,841
$41,841
$20.12
$20.12
Mississippi
Mississippi
$37,446
$37,446
$18.00
$18.00
Missouri
Missouri
$35,146
$35,146
$16.90
$16.90
Montana
Montana
$38,549
$38,549
$18.53
$18.53
Nebraska
Nebraska
$33,203
$33,203
$15.96
$15.96
Nevada
Nevada
$54,291
$54,291
$26.10
$26.10
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$45,837
$45,837
$22.04
$22.04
New Jersey
New Jersey
$45,154
$45,154
$21.71
$21.71
New Mexico
New Mexico
$38,573
$38,573
$18.54
$18.54
New York
New York
$47,671
$47,671
$22.92
$22.92
North Carolina
North Carolina
$45,794
$45,794
$22.02
$22.02
North Dakota
North Dakota
$54,374
$54,374
$26.14
$26.14
Ohio
Ohio
$33,623
$33,623
$16.16
$16.16
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$33,233
$33,233
$15.98
$15.98
Oregon
Oregon
$49,269
$49,269
$23.69
$23.69
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$32,036
$32,036
$15.40
$15.40
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$42,787
$42,787
$20.57
$20.57
South Carolina
South Carolina
$31,055
$31,055
$14.93
$14.93
South Dakota
South Dakota
$46,681
$46,681
$22.44
$22.44
Tennessee
Tennessee
$30,286
$30,286
$14.56
$14.56
Texas
Texas
$38,622
$38,622
$18.57
$18.57
Utah
Utah
$38,815
$38,815
$18.66
$18.66
Vermont
Vermont
$34,891
$34,891
$16.77
$16.77
Virginia
Virginia
$34,763
$34,763
$16.71
$16.71
Washington
Washington
$53,402
$53,402
$25.67
$25.67
West Virginia
West Virginia
$39,579
$39,579
$19.03
$19.03
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$34,651
$34,651
$16.66
$16.66
Wyoming
Wyoming
$30,955
$30,955
$14.88
$14.88

Highest Paying Cities For Mental Health Specialist

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Everett, WA
Everett, WA
$53,659
$53,659
$25.80
$25.80
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$52,081
$52,081
$25.04
$25.04
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
$51,157
$51,157
$24.59
$24.59
Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR
$49,456
$49,456
$23.78
$23.78
New York, NY
New York, NY
$47,664
$47,664
$22.92
$22.92
Concord, NH
Concord, NH
$45,500
$45,500
$21.88
$21.88

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Average Mental Health Specialist Salary Over Time

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Location

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Community Health Counselor

    Avg. salary: $38,101

    A community health counselor typically provides health and welfare support to the disadvantaged members of a community. Their responsibilities revolve around devising strategies to reach out to community members, coordinating with schools and other institutions, and building positive relationships with the communities that they serve. They may also provide counseling sessions to individuals of all ages, conduct observations and assessments, perform interventions, and identify any signs of abuse or neglect, reporting to the authorities right away. Furthermore, they may refer families or individuals to other social services unit if necessary.
    67,749 Community Health Counselor Jobs
    Mental Health Practitioner

    Avg. salary: $47,177

    Mental health practitioners are medical professionals who work with patients who have mental health issues such as schizophrenia, split personality disorder, and depression. These practitioners are required to develop and implement patient care plans for adults with severe mental disabilities while providing mental health services to attain improved mental health. They must make sure that patients did not spit out their medicines by observing post medication administration with the nurse. Mental health practitioners must also manage therapeutic activities that will teach patients about functional living skills.
    66,268 Mental Health Practitioner Jobs
    Mental Health Counselor

    Avg. salary: $39,813

    A mental health counselor is responsible for helping patients deal with their emotional and mental disorders by developing treatment plans and conducting regular counseling to track the patient's progress and condition. Mental health counselors encourage active communication from their patients, provide coping strategies for triggering situations, seek advice from other health care professionals, and guide patients on doing other activities that would help them relax. A mental health counselor must have excellent knowledge of the mental health disciplines to assist patients in their healthy lifestyle development.
    67,074 Mental Health Counselor Jobs
    Mental Health Worker

    Avg. salary: $36,847

    A mental health worker is a professional who provides basic care and therapy to patients who are inflicted with mental disabilities or developmental disabilities. Mental health workers assist patients with their daily activities, monitor their conditions, and administer therapeutic care. They may be directly supervised by a registered nurse and can work in facilities such as psychiatric hospitals and residential mental health facilities. They may also help develop treatment plans and strategies with other staff members to best meet patient needs.
    67,731 Mental Health Worker Jobs
    Mental Health Professional

    Avg. salary: $42,689

    The duties of a mental health professional will revolve around observing the behavior of patients. They are responsible for knowing their medical history, conducting consultations and assessments, diagnosing conditions, devising particular treatments and prescribing medication, and providing emotional support to patients. Furthermore, a mental health professional must coordinate with families and other mental health experts to monitor patients' behavior and develop care plans to help them in their road to recovery.
    73,394 Mental Health Professional Jobs
    Mental Health Clinician

    Avg. salary: $48,055

    A Mental Health Clinician provides psychotherapeutic and rehabilitation services for patients with mental health problems. They manage the treatment of clients and help them to obtain stable physical health.
    40,063 Mental Health Clinician Jobs

    Mental Health Specialist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a mental health specialist 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.

    Which Companies Pay Mental Health Specialists The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a mental health specialist, being employed by a company such as Marion County Transportation or Indian Health Service would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Washington County and Union of Pan Asian Communities also report highly competitive salaries for mental health specialists.
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    Clinical Assistant Professor, Counseling Clinic Director, Idaho State University

    Most beginning counselors will make between $35,000 to $45,000 per year. This number depends on the number of hours a new counselor wants to work and how they might vary their time across different practices. After a professional counselor becomes independently licensed (LCPC), this number can range between $45,000 to $120,000. This depends on their skills, marketability, and advanced practice licensure that the counselor seeks post-graduation.Show more

    Recently Added Mental Health Specialist Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Mental Health Specialist
    Mental Health Specialist
    Moore Haven, FL
    Moore Haven, FL
    06/30/2021
    06/30/2021
    $58,436
    $58,436
    06/30/2021
    Mental Health Specialist
    Mental Health Specialist
    Pine Ridge, SD
    Pine Ridge, SD
    06/30/2021
    06/30/2021
    $64,649
    $64,649
    06/30/2021
    State of Nebraska
    State of Nebraska
    Mental Health Specialist-LRC
    Mental Health Specialist-LRC
    Mental Health Specialist-LRC
    Lincoln, NE
    Lincoln, NE
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $31,117
    $31,117
    06/29/2021
    University of Utah
    University of Utah
    Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations)
    Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations)
    Mental Health Specialist (Diverse Populations)
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Salt Lake City, UT
    06/28/2021
    06/28/2021
    $57,000
    $57,000
    06/28/2021
    Ventura County
    Ventura County
    Mental Health Services ACT Data Specialist
    Mental Health Services ACT Data Specialist
    Mental Health Services ACT Data Specialist
    Ione, CA
    Ione, CA
    06/25/2021
    06/25/2021
    $62,201
    $62,201
    06/25/2021
    Lane County
    Lane County
    Mental Health Specialist 1 or 2 (B012/B068)
    Mental Health Specialist 1 or 2 (B012/B068)
    Mental Health Specialist 1 or 2 (B012/B068)
    Eugene, OR
    Eugene, OR
    06/25/2021
    06/25/2021
    $48,878
    $48,878
    06/25/2021
    Mental Health Specialist-New Program Opening
    Mental Health Specialist-New Program Opening
    Mankato, MN
    Mankato, MN
    06/23/2021
    06/23/2021
    $21,037
    $21,037
    06/23/2021
    Mental Health Specialist I or II (DOE)
    Mental Health Specialist I or II (DOE)
    Billings, MT
    Billings, MT
    06/19/2021
    06/19/2021
    $34,623
    $34,623
    06/19/2021
    King County Washington
    King County Washington
    Mental Health Utilization Management Specialist
    Mental Health Utilization Management Specialist
    Mental Health Utilization Management Specialist
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    06/19/2021
    06/19/2021
    $70,395
    $70,395
    06/19/2021
    Mental Health Specialist 2 (Temporary, Days)
    Mental Health Specialist 2 (Temporary, Days)
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle, WA
    06/18/2021
    06/18/2021
    $39,090
    $39,090
    06/18/2021

    Average Mental Health Specialist Salary by Demographic

    Mental Health Specialist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $44,743
    female-income
    Female Income
    $43,713
    Median Mental Health Specialist Income by Race
    Asian mental health specialists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american mental health specialists have the lowest average salary at $42,597.
    $48,000
    $47,000
    $46,000
    $45,000
    $44,000
    $43,000
    $42,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$42,915
    Black or African American$42,597
    Asian$46,632
    Unknown$44,093
    Hispanic or Latino$44,903
    Average Mental Health Specialist Salary by Education Level
    $54,000
    $52,000
    $50,000
    $48,000
    $46,000
    $44,000
    $42,000
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Bachelor's Degree$43,713
    Master's Degree$53,183