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Mental Health Technician Salary

The average rate for a Mental Health Technician is $11.90 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$20,102 - $43,532
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,680
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$9.34 - $15.57
(Median)
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$16
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.

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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.

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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