Behavioral Health Technician Salary

The average wage for a Behavioral Health Technician is $13.10 per hour. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.

$22,859 - $43,962
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MEDIAN: $30,631
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$10.10 - $17.22
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MEDIAN: $13.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$22,859 - $43,962  
   
Bonus
$51.06 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$21,307 - $38,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $17.22  
   
Overtime
$13.14 - $24.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$51.06 - $2,013  
   
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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$21,307 - $38,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 643
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Job Description for Behavioral Health Technician

Behavioral health technicians generally assist a licensed therapist or nurse. They help individuals who need help with behavioral development and modification of actions. The technician may be required to help design behavioral health programs and treatments that are catered to clients’ needs, as well as provide positive feedback and attempt to correct any negative behavior. The behavioral health technician may work with people who have brain injury or deterioration, depending on the technician's employer. There are generally guidelines that the technician must follow to administer therapy consistently. In some positions, the behavioral health technician must ensure that patients’ medications are consumed.

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Behavioral Health Technician Tasks

  • Assist mentally impaired patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff.
  • Participate in patient's treatment planning with other staff.
  • Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
  • Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
  • Dispense medications as directed by physician.

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Pay by Experience Level for Behavioral Health Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,448

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Key Stats for Behavioral Health Technician

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$28,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Technician Salaries

Medical Terminology
▲5%




Case Management
▲2%

Microsoft Office
▲2%

National Average
$28,000

Psychiatric
▼2%

Counseling
▼4%

psychology
▼5%

CPR
▼10%

Documentation
▼11%

Customer Service
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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