Psychiatric Technician Salary

The average Psychiatric Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.67 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.04 per hour on the lower end to $23.80 on the higher end. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. More than half of Psychiatric Technicians (62 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,129 - $60,802
(Median)
$22K
$35K
$61K
MEDIAN: $34,699
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$10.04 - $23.80
(Median)
$10
$14
$24
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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$21,782 - $55,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $23.80  
   
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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$21,782 - $55,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Counseling are typically practiced in Psychiatric, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

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


Psychiatric Technicians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $28K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $32K. Psychiatric Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $48K.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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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
62 %
Male
38 %

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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