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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians

Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patientsí physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
78,470 1.8 % $18.05 $37,550 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $13.19 $16.24 $20.77 $29.86
Annual Wage (2) $23,440 $27,440 $33,780 $43,200 $62,120


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 30,400 12.31 $18.94 $39,390
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,120 0.24 $17.55 $36,500
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,740 1.21 $15.14 $31,490
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,170 0.28 $23.44 $48,740
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,520 0.58 $17.28 $35,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 30,400 12.31 $18.94 $39,390
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,740 1.21 $15.14 $31,490
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,520 0.58 $17.28 $35,940
Other Residential Care Facilities 860 0.53 $15.21 $31,640
Outpatient Care Centers 4,380 0.46 $15.42 $32,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 670 0.25 $25.23 $52,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,170 0.28 $23.44 $48,740
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 30,400 12.31 $18.94 $39,390
Home Health Care Services (8) (8) $18.56 $38,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 570 0.02 $18.36 $38,200


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,490 0.55 1.02 $28.96 $60,240
Florida 8,510 0.97 1.81 $14.74 $30,660
Illinois 4,650 0.77 1.44 $21.08 $43,850
Texas 4,430 0.36 0.67 $16.37 $34,060
Wisconsin 3,790 1.32 2.47 $16.77 $34,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,230 1.75 3.28 $11.43 $23,770
Wisconsin 3,790 1.32 2.47 $16.77 $34,880
New Mexico 920 1.12 2.09 $15.04 $31,290
Arizona 3,110 1.09 2.03 $16.40 $34,110
Vermont 310 1.02 1.91 $19.24 $40,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,490 0.55 1.02 $28.96 $60,240
Connecticut 970 0.58 1.08 $25.74 $53,540
District of Columbia 490 0.68 1.26 $25.06 $52,130
Massachusetts 1,420 0.39 0.73 $21.94 $45,630
Illinois 4,650 0.77 1.44 $21.08 $43,850





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,330 1.26 2.36 $16.00 $33,280
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,760 1.30 2.44 $16.43 $34,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,280 0.36 0.68 $25.15 $52,320
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,740 0.55 1.03 $19.11 $39,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,680 0.17 0.33 $20.89 $43,460
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,640 1.07 1.99 $31.54 $65,610
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,480 0.49 0.91 $16.87 $35,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,170 0.41 0.76 $16.29 $33,880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,150 0.31 0.59 $16.01 $33,300
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,070 0.53 0.99 $19.51 $40,590




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kankakee, IL 780 17.49 32.74 $25.05 $52,110
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 980 8.28 15.49 $31.63 $65,790
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 350 7.27 13.60 $14.53 $30,210
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 140 3.76 7.04 $12.86 $26,750
Topeka, KS 290 2.67 5.00 $13.39 $27,850
Tallahassee, FL 460 2.65 4.96 $11.87 $24,680
Ann Arbor, MI 560 2.52 4.72 $26.96 $56,070
Fresno, CA 960 2.48 4.64 $32.07 $66,710
Madison, WI 880 2.24 4.19 $17.90 $37,240
Columbus, IN 100 1.98 3.71 $13.73 $28,550




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 60 0.30 0.57 $35.09 $72,990
Fresno, CA 960 2.48 4.64 $32.07 $66,710
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 220 0.70 1.31 $31.87 $66,290
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 980 8.28 15.49 $31.63 $65,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,640 1.07 1.99 $31.54 $65,610
Stockton-Lodi, CA (8) (8) (8) $30.91 $64,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.14 0.26 $30.27 $62,960
Bakersfield, CA 150 0.47 0.88 $29.91 $62,210
Visalia-Porterville, CA 190 1.22 2.28 $29.53 $61,420
Barnstable Town, MA 40 0.39 0.74 $28.65 $59,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 530 3.53 6.61 $10.45 $21,740
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 410 3.86 7.22 $12.71 $26,430
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 290 1.83 3.43 $13.70 $28,490
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 2.18 4.07 $12.07 $25,100
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 0.78 1.47 $15.37 $31,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 410 3.86 7.22 $12.71 $26,430
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 530 3.53 6.61 $10.45 $21,740
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 2.18 4.07 $12.07 $25,100
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 290 1.83 3.43 $13.70 $28,490
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 1.38 2.59 $11.09 $23,070

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.96 1.80 $34.83 $72,450
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 120 0.90 1.69 $24.12 $50,170
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 0.50 $23.43 $48,740
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.85 1.58 $20.12 $41,850
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 1.26 2.37 $19.13 $39,790


About May 2019 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020