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Behavioral Health Technician Salary

A Behavioral Health Technician earns an average wage of $12.69 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

$20,823 - $43,044
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$43K
MEDIAN: $32,409
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$9.74 - $16.44
(Median)
$9
$13
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,823 - $43,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$20,597 - $39,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $16.44  
   
Overtime
$5.71 - $24.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$20,597 - $39,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272

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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

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Experience Affects Behavioral Health Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 29%