A Mental Health Technician earns an average wage of $12.39 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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$20,698 - $46,066
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MEDIAN: $30,905
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$9.79 - $16.49
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,698 - $46,066  
   
Bonus
$1.30 - $1,939  
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$20,540 - $38,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $16.49  
   
Overtime
$8.09 - $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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$20,540 - $38,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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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 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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Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 19%

Certified Nursing Assistant
up arrow 15%

CNA
up arrow 9%



Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 4%

CPR
up arrow 14%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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