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Mental Health Technician Salary

The average Mental Health Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.90 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.34 per hour and $15.57. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Female Mental Health Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 64 percent of professionals. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,102 - $43,532
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MEDIAN: $29,680
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$9.34 - $15.57
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,102 - $43,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
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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$19,915 - $36,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.34 - $15.57  
   
Overtime
$12.12 - $23.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
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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$19,915 - $36,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736

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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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Though some Mental Health Technicians move into positions like Physician Assistant (where the average salary is $82K), this progression is not the norm. 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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Mental Health Technicians only report a few specific skills. Counseling and Patient Education are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $32K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 4%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

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: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%
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