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Mental Health Technician Salary

Pay for Mental Health Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.83 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.30 per hour on the low end to $15.59 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Mental Health Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$20,405 - $41,311
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MEDIAN: $29,322
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$9.30 - $15.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,405 - $41,311  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$19,880 - $35,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $15.59  
   
Overtime
$11.81 - $23.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$19,880 - $35,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 684
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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 not the most common occurrence, Mental Health Technicians sometimes become Physician Assistants, where the average income is $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.

Mental Health Technician Job Listings

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Professional skills reported by Mental Health Technicians are few in number. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Patient Education is a skill commonly found among those who know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

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


For Mental Health Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 3%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 28%