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Mental Health Technician Salary

Average Mental Health Technicians in the United States make around $11.94 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.37 per hour, and the top verges on $15.61. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Mental Health Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Female Mental Health Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,146 - $43,371
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,493
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$9.37 - $15.61
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,146 - $43,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
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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$19,961 - $36,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.37 - $15.61  
   
Overtime
$12.15 - $23.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
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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$19,961 - $36,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 743
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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 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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Many workers who know Counseling also know Patient Education.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $27K. Mental Health Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. 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 $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
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries



National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%
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