Psychiatric Technician Salary

Psychiatric Technicians in the United States take home approximately $14.24 per hour on average. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Psychiatric Technicians is high. The majority of Psychiatric Technicians (61 percent) who took the survey are women. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,259 - $66,266
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MEDIAN: $34,725
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$10.72 - $21.61
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$0$66K
Salary $22,259 - $66,266
Bonus $0.00 - $2,210
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$22,466 - $54,706
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 76
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $10.72 - $21.61
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $7.26 - $41.48
Annual Data $0$54K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,210
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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$22,466 - $54,706
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 321

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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

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

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 $56K per year. The most common promotion for Psychiatric Technicians is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a position that typically pays $52K annually. Another standard transition for Psychiatric Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Mental Health Technician role, where pay is often $26K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

Pay by Experience for a Psychiatric Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychiatric Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 265 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychiatric Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Psychiatric Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 64 salaries. A Psychiatric Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,577

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Psychiatric Technicians, busy Stockton offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 106 percent above the national average. Psychiatric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+104 percent), San Jose (+96 percent), New York (+33 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Psychiatric Technician's salary, with Provo Psychiatric Technicians earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (14 percent lower) and St. Louis (13 percent lower).

Psychiatric Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Psychiatric Technician?

Psychiatric Technician in Spokane:
"Very happy with my job."
Pros: Working and interacting with clients, great pay.
Cons: Poor management, sometimes understaffed.

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Key Stats for Psychiatric Technician

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲46%

▲26%

▲8%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲2%

National Average
$31,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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