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Mental Health Technician Salary

Mental Health Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $11.90 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.33 per hour, and the top verges on $15.61. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Mental Health Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (63 percent) are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,261 - $43,319
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$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,793
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$9.33 - $15.61
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,261 - $43,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$19,901 - $36,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $15.61  
   
Overtime
$12.04 - $23.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$19,901 - $36,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 716

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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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While not commonly seen, Mental Health Technicians who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $82K per year. Mental Health Technicians most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Mental Health Technicians who took the survey. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Competency in Counseling frequently indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $27K. Mental Health Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Mental Health Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 15%

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 151 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 27%