Psychiatric Technician Salary

Psychiatric Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $13.97 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.19 per hour and $24.17. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Psychiatric Technicians is high. The majority of Psychiatric Technicians (61 percent) who took the survey are women. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,797 - $62,313
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$62K
MEDIAN: $34,736
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$10.19 - $24.17
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,797 - $62,313  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$22,063 - $56,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $24.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$13.75 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$22,063 - $56,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is, more often than not, the most common role that Psychiatric Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $51K. Another frequent advance is for Psychiatric Technicians to assume a Mental Health Technician role; in this role, workers often earn $26K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Psychiatric Technicians. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $29K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $33K on average. On average, Psychiatric Technicians make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Psychiatric
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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