Salary for Psychiatric Aides

Also known as:  Mental Health Orderly, Psychiatric Aide, Psychiatric Nursing Aide, Psychiatric Orderly, Psychiatric Technician Assistant

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The role of psychiatric aides is to provide support for psychiatric patients with daily living activities. They may lead educational or recreational activities, record patient behavior and vital signs, restrain violent patients, and assist in daily grooming and feeding. A high school diploma or the equivalent is necessary for this position.

A Psychiatric Aid usually gets an average salary of around 16000 - 24000 depending on education and tenure levels. Psychiatric Aides can get a salary of Twenty Five Thousand Four Hundred dollars yearly.

Psychiatric Aides are paid the highest in Massachusetts, where they can earn average wages of approximately $40190. This group of professionals are compensated highest in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they get average job salaries of $32420.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 4.23 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Psychiatric Aides tend to make the most in the following industries
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,420
Health Care and Social Assistance $26,850
Public Administration $26,020
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Public Administration $26,020
Health Care and Social Assistance $26,850
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,420
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