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Mental Health Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Mental Health Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.81 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.23 per hour and $15.52. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Mental Health Technicians are more common than men; more than half (62 percent) of Mental Health Technicians are women. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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$20,602 - $42,465
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Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$20,602 - $42,465  
   
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$0.00 - $508  
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$19,782 - $36,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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  
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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Mental Health Technicians do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role tends to pay $81K per year. Mental Health Technicians typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, and those positions pay $29K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Mental Health Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Counseling to be familiar with Patient Education as well.

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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. As Mental Health Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $33K. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$26,000
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For Mental Health Technicians, busy Phoenix offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Mental Health Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+15 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Las Vegas (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Jacksonville. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Tulsa and 3 percent less in Oklahoma City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Experienced
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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%