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Psychiatric Technician Salary

Psychiatric Technicians in the United States take home an average $13.67 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.78 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.47. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Psychiatric Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Most Psychiatric Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$21,570 - $60,802
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,525
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$9.78 - $20.47
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$21,570 - $60,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
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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$21,210 - $53,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $20.47  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $40.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
   
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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$21,210 - $53,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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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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For Psychiatric Technicians, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like a Registered Nurse will earn $55K annually. The most common career progression for Psychiatric Technicians leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, where average pay is $51K annually. However, many Psychiatric Technicians also opt to become Mental Health Technicians. Typically, a Mental Health Technician brings home $26K.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Psychiatric Technicians who took the survey. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Counseling to be familiar with Psychiatric as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $28K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $31K. Psychiatric Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries


Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%