Psychiatric Technician Salary

Median pay for Psychiatric Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.59 per hour. Pay ranges from $10.03 per hour on the low end to $23.76 on the high end. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Psychiatric Technicians (63 percent) survey participants are women. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most Psychiatric Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$22,129 - $60,802
(Median)
$22K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,699
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$10.03 - $23.76
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$14
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,129 - $60,802  
   
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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$21,686 - $55,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $23.76  
   
Overtime
$10.07 - $40.56  
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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$21,686 - $55,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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 who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $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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Psychiatric Technicians only report a few specific 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $28K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $31K. Psychiatric Technicians see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Psychiatric Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries


Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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