Salary for Psychiatric Technicians

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 will normally get wages that can range from 16000 to 24000 based on experience. Psychiatric Technicians usually get salaries of Twenty Eight Thousand Two Hundred dollars per annum.

Psychiatric Technicians have the most lucrative average salary level in California, where they can receive job pay of close to about $51110. Employees who work in this career are compensated the highest in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they get average job salaries of $43560.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 0.75 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Psychiatric Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $43,560
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,540
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $25,810
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $25,810
Health Care and Social Assistance $32,540
Educational Services $43,560
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