Psychiatric Technician Salary

The average Psychiatric Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $14.27 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Psychiatric Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$22,497 - $65,597
$22K
$34K
$66K
MEDIAN: $34,422
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$10.85 - $21.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$22,497 - $65,597  
   
Bonus
$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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$22,753 - $55,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $21.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$7.21 - $41.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$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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$22,753 - $55,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Technician


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Many Psychiatric Technicians move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $56K per year. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the most common promotion for Psychiatric Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $52K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Psychiatric Technicians is a Mental Health Technician position, where earnings are usually $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: $30,652

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

Psychiatric Technicians will find that Stockton offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 106 percent. Psychiatric Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+104 percent), San Jose (+95 percent), New York (+33 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Psychiatric Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Psychiatric Technicians in Provo bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and St. Louis (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Psychiatric Technician

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲46%

▲26%

▲7%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲1%

National Average
$31,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 19%
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