Psychiatric Technician Salary

Psychiatric technician leading a group therapy session.  Group therapy allows clients to learn from and share experiences with other clients.

Psychiatric technician leading a group therapy session.  Group therapy allows clients to learn from and share experiences with other clients.

The average Psychiatric Technician Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Psychiatric Technicians work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices.

The average salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the psychiatric technician's reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

 Median Hourly & Annual Data

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The Psychiatric Technician median salary is $14.37 per hour with a mean of $16.09. The lowest 10% earn $9.87 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $26.41 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Psychiatric Technician salary is $29,880 with mean being $33,470. The lowest 10% earn less than $20,530 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $54,380 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Psychiatric Technician Salary

The lowest paid Psychiatric Technicians earn less with mean or average wages below $8.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the highest wages are over $28.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The best states to earn a salary are New Jersey $56,410, California $53,240, Connecticut $47,190, New York $40,540, and Rhode Island $39,620.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Psychiatric Technician salary are Salinas, CA $68,430, Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $62,370, Trenton-Ewing, NJ $59,720, Bakersfield-Delano, CA $59,100 and Riverside-San Bernardo-Ontario, CA $57,350.

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Other Industries that Employ Psychiatric Technicians

The majority are employed in hospitals and inpatient settings. A small number of Psychiatric Tech's work in federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are 69840 psychiatric techs employed in the U.S.

Where They Work

Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals employ over 23,830 psych techs. State and local government employ over 23,500. Physicians’ offices, colleges and employment agencies account for over 2,000 others. Hospitals account for over 12,000 more psychiatric technicians.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Psychiatric Technicians work primarily as supportive personnel in psychiatric settings and under the supervision of psychiatrists and psychologists. The nature of their work limits the opportunities for self-employment.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

United Kingdom UK[1]

Psychiatric Technicians / Aides / Nurses can earn between £21,388 and £27,901 a year. Experienced nurses working as advanced practitioners, clinical specialists or nurse team managers can earn from £25,500 to around £40,500. Nurse consultants can earn between £39,000 and £67,000 a year.


In Canada, Psychiatric Technicians / Aides / Nurses can earn from $35,000 to $105,000 with a median salary of $62,532. The difference is usually due to location, experience and qualifications.


The average psychiatric technician in Australia earns approximately $39,500 AUD.  The mental health nursing assistant or psych tech is included in the nursing assistant job classification in Australia.  The salary range for all nursing assistants in Australia is between $32,000 and $51,000 AUD per year.  Job growth is expected to be approximately 5% per year through 2020

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