Salary for Psychiatric Technicians

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Also known as:  Behavioral Health Technician, Mental Health Technician, Psychiatric Technician

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Psychiatric technicians clean patient facilities, assist in recreational activities, encourage the socialization and activity of patients in group settings, administer medications under the directions of psychiatrists, and restrain or sedate patients who are dangerous to themselves or others. These professionals may also assist in or lead group therapy sessions, and teach or encourage patients to use independent living skills. A high school diploma or the equivalent is required for this profession.

A Psychiatric Technician can receive an average pay level of between $24,960 - $59,020 depending on the level of seniority. can get wages of thirty-eight thousand and eigthy dollars yearly.

can expect the most salary in California, where they earn average wages of near $58,400. Employees who work in this career are compensated highest in Public Administration, where they earn pay of $48,730.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 23.66 percent nationwide in that time.

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INDUSTRIES

Psychiatric Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
$48,730
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,940
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,720
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$34,660
Educational Services
$34,660

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$32,940
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$34,660
Educational Services
$34,660
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,720
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,940