Psychiatric Technician Salary
|Salary||$22,394 - $65,963|
|Total Pay (||$22,740 - $52,737|
|Hourly Rate||$10.85 - $21.11|
|Overtime||$6.74 - $31.00|
|Total Pay (||$22,740 - $52,737|
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.Read More...
Generally a high school diploma is required for this job, though some positions require a bachelor’s degree. Certifications in CPR and as a psychiatric technician may be necessary, and many jobs require experience in a related position. There are both part-time and full-time positions available, and hours may vary since many medical institutions operate around the clock. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Psychiatric Technician Tasks
- Make observations and document patient treatment interventions, behavior and progress
- Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury
- Organize, supervise and encourage patient participation in educational and recreational activities
- Assist psychiatric patients with daily therapeutic and hygiene needs under direction of nursing and medical staff
- Dispense medications as directed by physician
Common Career Paths for Psychiatric Technician
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
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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