$30,749
Avg. Salary
$12.94
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$500

Bonus

$500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Mental Health Technician is $12.94 per hour.

The average pay for a Mental Health Technician is $30,749 per year.

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$12.94
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$21k
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$46k
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MEDIAN $30,749
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$0$46K
Salary $21,260 - $46,011
Bonus $39.31 - $1,536
Profit Sharing $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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$20,977 - $38,955
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 217
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $9.99 - $17.23
Hourly Tips $1.50
Overtime $8.03 - $24.67
Annual Data $0$38K
Bonus $39.31 - $1,536
Profit Sharing $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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$20,977 - $38,955
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,496

Job Description for Mental Health Technician

Mental health technicians are a vital part of the mental health care system, specializing in providing direct assistance to patients in a wide variety of ways. They assist patients with various tasks such as bathing, grooming, and feeding, as well as organizing activities and therapy sessions. Mental health technicians also observe patients, helping ensure that a calm setting is maintained and to gain insight into treatment options. They may also be tasked with duties such as administering medication, janitorial work, answering phones, and keeping records. Mental health technicians are generally supervised by nurses.

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Mental Health Technician Pay By Employer

$0$35K

$27,510

HCA, Inc.
6 profiles
$33,141

$26,714

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Technician


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Mental Health Technicians sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $84K per year on average. The most common next step for a Mental Health Technician is to become a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse. The former position pays an additional $28K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

Mental Health Technician Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Technician

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 585 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 239 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 146 salaries. A Mental Health Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

8%

National Average: $27,869

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Mental Health Technicians, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Mental Health Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+14 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), Toledo (+13 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baton Rouge and Raleigh (17 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Mental Health Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Technician?

Mental Health Technician in Whitfield:
"Overworked Underpaid."
Pros: Working with the children with mental health needs.
Cons: The pay!!!

Mental Health Technician in Salisbury:
Pros: There is no room to grow in my field. There is no elevation in my current job even with a bachelor or a masters degree.
Cons: Support, for we receive absolutely no support.

Mental Health Technician in Minneapolis:
Pros: Love working with the clients. Love helping to improve clients' outcomes.
Cons: Compassion fatigue is endemic in the field, and can often sneak up on you. The pay is not great. Hours tend to not be very flexible due to the 24/7/365 nature of the business.

Mental Health Technician in Connersville:
Pros: Helping others, coworkers, hours.
Cons: Poor management, safety, poor pay and no raises, stress.

Mental Health Technician in Jacksonville:
Have compassion for others. Leave all home problems at home. Never take hurtful things the patients say to heart. Remember that they are not always in their right state of mind. Always observe your patients and watch body language.

Mental Health Technician in Albuquerque:
Pros: Not very stressful and the people I work with for the most part make it a better place to be around.
Cons: The graveyard shift. Not a bad job overall. Just need to work regual hours or make may own schedule. Especially if I plan on having a family.

Mental Health Technician in Mishawaka:
Don't take anything personal.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Technician

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Mental Health Technician Salaries

▲27%

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$28,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Technician Salaries

Patient Counseling
▲12%

Certified Nursing Assistant
▲11%

CNA
▲3%

▲1%


National Average
$28,000

CPR
▼1%



Psychiatric
▼5%

Home Health/Home Care
▼10%

Clinical Psychology
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 26%