A Psychiatric Technician earns an average wage of $14.07 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
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$22,899 - $62,956
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$23K
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$63K
MEDIAN: $34,582
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$10.60 - $24.31
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,899 - $62,956  
   
Bonus
$509  
Total Pay (?
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$22,480 - $58,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.60 - $24.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$7.21 - $41.71  
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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$22,480 - $58,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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.

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

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Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

Psychiatric
0%

National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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