Psychiatric Technician Salary (United States)

Psychiatric Technicians in the United States usually make around $13.30 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $9.72 per hour to $19.97. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. There are more female Psychiatric Technicians than male, making up 66 percent of individuals in this profession. Most Psychiatric Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,309 - $61,022  
   
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$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  
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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. As Psychiatric Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay is raised by $22K per year. Another common career choice for Psychiatric Technicians is to move into a Mental Health Technician role—oddly enough, this promotion comes with 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.
For many but not all Psychiatric Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Pay increases are minimal for Psychiatric Technicians just starting out. Salaries only go from $28K to $30K after a decade. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $34K. Pay continues to grow for Psychiatric Technicians after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$29,000
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St. Louis
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Psychiatric Technicians in Springfield make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in 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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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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