Mental Health Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Mental Health Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.81 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.23 per hour to $15.52. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 27 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most Mental Health Technicians (62 percent) are women. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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$20,602 - $42,465
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MEDIAN: $29,766
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Mental Health Technician Salary (?
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$9.23 - $15.52
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0.00 - $508  
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$19,782 - $36,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $15.52  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $23.09  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$0.00 - $508  
   
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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$19,782 - $36,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 663
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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 transition into Physician Assistants are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $56K per year. Mental Health Technicians typically move into roles as Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses, where they can expect an extra $29K or $11,097 per year.

Mental Health Technician Job Listings

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Mental Health Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 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, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. At career start, salaries are typically $24K, which grows to $28K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $30K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Mental Health Technicians after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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For Mental Health Technicians, working in the bustling city of Phoenix has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Mental Health Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+15 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Las Vegas (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tulsa (-16 percent) and Oklahoma City (-3 percent).

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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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Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Education
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National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

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