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Psychiatric Technician Salary

For Psychiatric Technicians, hourly average wages total $13.66 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.99 per hour on the lower side but can approach $23.33 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Psychiatric Technicians (65 percent) who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Psychiatric Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,778 - $60,454
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$22K
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MEDIAN: $35,299
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$9.99 - $23.33
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,778 - $60,454  
   
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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$21,598 - $55,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $23.33  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $40.67  
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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$21,598 - $55,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283

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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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Advancing into a Registered Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Psychiatric Technicians, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $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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Psychiatric Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling and Psychiatric are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

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


Psychiatric Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Psychiatric Technicians in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $28K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $31K. On average, Psychiatric Technicians make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $47K.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries


Psychiatric
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National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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