Psychiatric Technician Salary (United States)

For Psychiatric Technicians, hourly wages usually total $13.30 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.72 per hour to $19.97. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and about two-thirds earn dental coverage. There are more female Psychiatric Technicians than male, making up 66 percent of individuals in this profession. Most Psychiatric Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Psychiatric Technician Salary (?
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$21,309 - $61,022
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MEDIAN: $34,777
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Psychiatric Technician Salary (?
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$9.72 - $19.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,309 - $61,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
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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$21,149 - $52,422  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $19.97  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $40.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
   
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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$21,149 - $52,422  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Psychiatric Technician

  • Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities.
  • Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress.
  • Assist psychiatric patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff.
  • Dispense medications as directed by physician.
  • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.

Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Technician

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For Psychiatric Technicians, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Registered Nurse will earn $26K more than someone not as far along in their career. The most common career progression for Psychiatric Technicians leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), resulting in an extra $22K annually. However, many Psychiatric Technicians also opt to become a Mental Health Technician, a move that typically leads to a pay cut of $3,682.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Psychiatric Technicians generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $28K to $30K after five to 10 years in the field. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $34K. After two decades in the field, Psychiatric Technicians continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $46K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$29,000
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Location significantly influences compensation, with Springfield Psychiatric Technicians earning much less—29 percent less—than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (-17 percent) and Houston (-4 percent).

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Psychiatric
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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 18%
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