Mental Health Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Mental Health Technicians in the United States is typically around $11.81 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.23 per hour on the low end to $15.52 on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field—27 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The majority of Mental Health Technicians (62 percent) are women. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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$20,602 - $42,465
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MEDIAN: $29,766
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Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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$9.23 - $15.52
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$19,782 - $36,048  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$9.23 - $15.52  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $23.09  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$19,782 - $36,048  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 663
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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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Though some Mental Health Technicians move into positions like Physician Assistant (where salaries climb a respectable $56K), this progression is not the norm. When Mental Health Technicians are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, where they can expect an additional $29K or $11,097 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Mental Health Technicians, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $24K, which grows to $28K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $30K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Mental Health Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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Phoenix offers some of the highest pay in the country for Mental Health Technicians, 21 percent above the national average. Miami, Chicago, Houston, and Las Vegas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Mental Health Technicians earning around 15 percent, 11 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. Employers also pay below the national average in Tulsa (-16 percent) and Oklahoma City (-3 percent).

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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000
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Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Education
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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 27%
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