Mental Health Technician Salary (United States)

The average rate for a Mental Health Technician is $11.75 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Mental Health Technician Total Pay (?
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$20,300 - $42,715
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MEDIAN: $29,205
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Mental Health Technician Total Pay (?
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$9.08 - $15.53
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,300 - $42,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.67  
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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$19,472 - $36,192  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 805
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.08 - $15.53  
   
Overtime
$11.64 - $23.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $498.67  
   
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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$19,472 - $36,192  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 805
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

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

Pay Difference By Location

Miami
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Phoenix
up arrow 22%
Chicago
up arrow 16%
Houston
up arrow 15%
Raleigh
up arrow 9%
Las Vegas
up arrow 6%
Oklahoma City
up arrow 4%
Lowell
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Dallas
0%
National Average
$26,000
Tulsa
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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Experienced
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 3%
National Average
$26,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 27%
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