Mental Health Technician Salary

A Mental Health Technician earns an average wage of $12.53 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Patient Counseling and Certified Nursing Assistant.
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$22,351 - $47,358
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$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,255
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$9.88 - $16.98
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$0$47K
Salary $22,351 - $47,358
Bonus $1.30 - $1,939
Total Pay (?
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$20,894 - $39,565
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 119
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.88 - $16.98
Overtime $7.93 - $25.69
Annual Data $0$39K
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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$20,894 - $39,565
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • 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
  • Participate in patient's treatment planning with other staff
  • 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
  • Dispense medications as directed by physician

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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 585 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 239 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 146 salaries. A Mental Health Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,661

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Mental Health Technician Reviews

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

Mental Health Technician in Whitfield:
"Overworked Underpaid."
Pros: Working with the children with mental health needs.
Cons: The pay!!!

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 Minneapolis:
Pros: Love working with the clients. Love helping to improve clients' outcomes.
Cons: Compassion fatigue is endemic in the field, and can often sneak up on you. The pay is not great. Hours tend to not be very flexible due to the 24/7/365 nature of the business.

Mental Health Technician in Connersville:
Pros: Helping others, coworkers, hours.
Cons: Poor management, safety, poor pay and no raises, stress.

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 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

▲28%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$28,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Counseling
▲13%

Certified Nursing Assistant
▲12%

CNA
▲4%


▲1%

CPR
▼0%

National Average
$28,000



Psychiatric
▼4%

Home Health/Home Care
▼9%

Clinical Psychology
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 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
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 25%
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