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Psychiatric Technician Salary

An average Psychiatric Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.63 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.02 per hour and $23.41. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Psychiatric Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Psychiatric Technicians is high. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,005 - $60,979
(Median)
$22K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,998
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$10.02 - $23.41
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,005 - $60,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
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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$21,655 - $55,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $23.41  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $40.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
   
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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$21,655 - $55,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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Job Description for Psychiatric Technician

A psychiatric technician works at a hospital or nursing home to ensure the safety and care of the patients with emotional problems or mental illnesses. The technician is an assistant to psychiatrists and nurses at a facility. The technician will be delegated tasks and will help to administer treatments to patients via group and individual activities. When activities are carried out, the technician will encourage patients to participate and increase their self-confidence. The technician will also be tasked with monitoring patients, both in person and through CCTV methods. When there are changes in a patient's behavior, the technician should attempt to remedy the situation, but it is also important to know when it is necessary to refer the patient to a nurse or a doctor. The technician will also make sure that patients are eating appropriate meals and taking prescribed medications. The vital signs, height, and weight of the patient need to be recorded periodically. The technician will also be expected to carry out housekeeping duties and keep the area clean. Transporting patients from one department or facility to another can be another part of the job. The technician may have administrative duties such as filing, record keeping, and creating reports.

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Psychiatric Technician Tasks

  • 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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Psychiatric Technicians often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $55K per year. More often than not, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the next step for Psychiatric Technicians moving up in the field. Licensed Clinical Social Workers usually make $51K per year. Many other Psychiatric Technicians choose to take on a Mental Health Technician role, where salaries are typically $26K.

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Psychiatric Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Counseling is often linked with knowledge of Psychiatric.

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 compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $28K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $31K. Psychiatric Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Psychiatric Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $48K.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 60%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries


Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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