Mental Health Technician Salary

Earnings for Mental Health Technicians in the United States come in at around $12.01 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $9.39 per hour and $15.85. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although roughly a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. More than half of Mental Health Technicians (64 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,070 - $43,011

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$9.39 - $15.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,070 - $43,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $579  
Total Pay (?
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$19,943 - $36,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.39 - $15.85  
   
Overtime
$11.91 - $23.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $579  
   
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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$19,943 - $36,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 767
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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. Typical career progression for a Mental Health Technician involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Mental Health Counselor, roles that pay $29K more and $12K more on average.

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Mental Health Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mental Health Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $25K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $28K on average. Mental Health Technicians see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $32K.

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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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%
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