Psychiatric Technician Salary

Average Psychiatric Technicians in the United States make around $13.69 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.03 per hour on the lower end to $24.49 on the higher end. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Psychiatric Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$22,067 - $60,891

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$10.03 - $24.49

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,067 - $60,891  
   
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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$21,744 - $55,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $24.49  
   
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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$21,744 - $55,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $55K per year. More often than not, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the next step for Psychiatric Technicians moving up in the field. Licensed Clinical Social Workers usually make $51K per year. Many other Psychiatric Technicians choose to take on a Mental Health Technician role, where salaries are typically $26K.

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Survey results show that Psychiatric Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Counseling and Psychiatric are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Counseling tend to be skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $28K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $35K. 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 $49K.

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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