Mental Health Technician Salary

The average Mental Health Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.96 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.31 per hour on the low end to $15.69 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Though the majority of Mental Health Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Female Mental Health Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,085 - $43,072
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$20K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,848
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$9.31 - $15.69
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,085 - $43,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
Total Pay (?
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$19,867 - $37,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.31 - $15.69  
   
Overtime
$11.88 - $23.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $520  
   
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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$19,867 - $37,056  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 762
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Job Description for Mental Health Technician

Mental health technicians are a vital part of the mental health care system, specializing in providing direct assistance to patients in a wide variety of ways. They assist patients with various tasks such as bathing, grooming, and feeding, as well as organizing activities and therapy sessions. Mental health technicians also observe patients, helping ensure that a calm setting is maintained and to gain insight into treatment options. They may also be tasked with duties such as administering medication, janitorial work, answering phones, and keeping records. Mental health technicians are generally supervised by nurses.

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Mental 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.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Technician


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Mental Health Technicians who advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $82K per year. Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses are common next-step roles for Mental Health Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Registered Nurses is $29K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Job skills reported by Mental Health Technicians are limited. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Counseling are typically practiced in Patient Education, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

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


Mental Health Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $28K. For Mental Health Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $33K.

Mental Health Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Technician?

Mental Health Technician in Albuquerque:
Pros: Not very stressful and the people I work with for the most part make it a better place to be around.
Cons: The graveyard shift. Not a bad job overall. Just need to work regual hours or make may own schedule. Especially if I plan on having a family.

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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries



National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 28%
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