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Psychiatric Technician Salary (United States)

Pay for Psychiatric Technicians in the United States is typically around $13.30 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.72 per hour and $19.97. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up the majority of Psychiatric Technicians (66 percent). The majority of Psychiatric Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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  
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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Psychiatric Technicians who advance to upper-end positions like Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses usually make $55K per year. Going from Psychiatric Technician to Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $51K. Many others choose to work as Mental Health Technicians, where pay is typically $26K.

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Professional skills reported by Psychiatric Technicians are few in number. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Counseling tend to be skilled in Psychiatric as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Psychiatric Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Psychiatric Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $46K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$29,000
Houston
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St. Louis
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Springfield
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Place of residence plays a huge part in a Psychiatric Technician's salary, with Springfield Psychiatric Technicians earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (17 percent lower) and Houston (4 percent lower).

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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%