The average wage for a Behavioral Health Technician is $13.03 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.

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MEDIAN: $30,895
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$10.01 - $16.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,800 - $44,346  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,082 - $38,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $16.99  
   
Overtime
$12.31 - $24.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$21,082 - $38,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 622
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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

  • Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
  • Dispense medications as directed by physician.
  • Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
  • 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.

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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: $28,236

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Behavioral Health Technician Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 6%


Case Management
up arrow 5%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

National Average
$28,000

Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

psychology
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 6%

Documentation
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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