$35,987
Avg. Salary
$14.34
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Psychiatric Technician is $14.34 per hour.

The average pay for a Psychiatric Technician is $35,987 per year.

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$0$66K
Salary $23,680 - $66,345
Bonus $24.47 - $2,272
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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$22,840 - $57,089
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 136
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $10.88 - $23.47
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $7.56 - $40.20
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $24.47 - $2,272
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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$22,840 - $57,089
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 592

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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Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Technician


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Psychiatric Technicians often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $56K per year. The most common promotion for Psychiatric Technicians is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a position that typically pays $52K annually. Another standard transition for Psychiatric Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Mental Health Technician role, where pay is often $26K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Psychiatric Technician

Pay by Experience for a Psychiatric Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Psychiatric Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 265 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Psychiatric Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Psychiatric Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 64 salaries. A Psychiatric Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 36 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

-1%

National Average: $30,900

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

For Psychiatric Technicians, busy Stockton offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 106 percent above the national average. Psychiatric Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+104 percent), San Jose (+96 percent), New York (+33 percent), and Los Angeles (+27 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Psychiatric Technician's salary, with Provo Psychiatric Technicians earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (14 percent lower) and St. Louis (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Psychiatric Technician

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲45%

▲25%

▲6%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Psychiatric Technician Salaries

▲1%

National Average
$31,000

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 21%