Mental Health Technician Salary

Mental Health Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $11.99 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.36 per hour to $15.80. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. Women make up the majority of Mental Health Technicians (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,055 - $43,067
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,848
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$9.36 - $15.80
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,055 - $43,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $577  
Total Pay (?
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$19,931 - $36,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $15.80  
   
Overtime
$11.93 - $23.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $577  
   
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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$19,931 - $36,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 763
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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 it's uncommon, some Mental Health Technicians move into roles as Physician Assistants, where pay is an average $82K per year. Mental Health Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses. The median paychecks in those roles are $29K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Mental Health Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Experience with Counseling is often linked with knowledge of Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Mental Health Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $33K on average.

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
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 4%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%
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