Mental Health Technician Salary

Mental Health Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $12.44 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mental Health Technicians. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The majority of Mental Health Technicians (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,936 - $45,540
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MEDIAN: $30,760
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$9.80 - $16.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,936 - $45,540  
   
Bonus
$1.30 - $1,939  
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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$20,593 - $38,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $16.46  
   
Overtime
$8.17 - $24.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$1.30 - $1,939  
   
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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$20,593 - $38,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 776

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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

  • 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.
  • Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
  • Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
  • Dispense medications as directed by physician.

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Technician


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It's not very common for Mental Health Technicians to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $84K annually. Mental Health Technicians most often move into positions as Registered Nurses or Mental Health Counselors; those groups report median salaries that are $29K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mental Health Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $26K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $29K. On average, Mental Health Technicians make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $35K.

Mental Health Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Technician?

Mental Health Technician in Salisbury:
Pros: There is no room to grow in my field. There is no elevation in my current job even with a bachelor or a masters degree.
Cons: Support, for we receive absolutely no support.

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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Key Stats for Mental Health Technician

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

▲10%

▲6%

National Average
$27,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Counseling
▲15%

Certified Nursing Assistant
▲14%

CNA
▲7%


▲4%


National Average
$27,000


Psychiatric
▼2%

Home Health/Home Care
▼7%

CPR
▼14%

Clinical Psychology
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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