Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians

Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' 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)
71,360 1.5 % $18.15 $37,760 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.96 $12.95 $15.80 $21.00 $30.98
Annual Wage (2) $22,800 $26,940 $32,870 $43,680 $64,430


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 28,800 11.94 $19.43 $40,420
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,450 0.22 $17.41 $36,210
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,450 1.17 $14.67 $30,510
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.98 $47,800
Outpatient Care Centers 4,060 0.44 $15.62 $32,500

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 28,800 11.94 $19.43 $40,420
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,450 1.17 $14.67 $30,510
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,020 0.63 $13.86 $28,830
Outpatient Care Centers 4,060 0.44 $15.62 $32,500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.98 $47,800

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 (8) (8) $25.13 $52,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,900 0.27 $22.98 $47,800
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 28,800 11.94 $19.43 $40,420
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 2,330 0.26 $18.20 $37,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 550 0.02 $17.78 $36,980


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 8,900 0.52 1.06 $31.01 $64,500
Florida 8,480 0.98 2.00 $14.27 $29,680
Texas 4,130 0.34 0.69 $15.63 $32,500
Illinois 3,920 0.65 1.33 $21.35 $44,400
Wisconsin 3,820 1.34 2.72 $16.34 $33,990




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 1,420 2.04 4.14 $11.27 $23,440
New Mexico 1,190 1.46 2.97 $13.84 $28,790
Wisconsin 3,820 1.34 2.72 $16.34 $33,990
Florida 8,480 0.98 2.00 $14.27 $29,680
Montana 450 0.97 1.97 $13.12 $27,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,900 0.52 1.06 $31.01 $64,500
Connecticut 960 0.58 1.17 $26.03 $54,130
District of Columbia 470 0.66 1.34 $24.27 $50,490
Oregon 690 0.36 0.74 $22.94 $47,710
New Jersey 420 0.10 0.21 $22.05 $45,870





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 3,930 1.52 3.08 $15.05 $31,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,160 1.05 2.13 $16.43 $34,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,990 0.32 0.66 $28.75 $59,800
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,900 0.41 0.83 $20.75 $43,160
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,630 0.55 1.11 $16.30 $33,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,530 1.03 2.08 $34.99 $72,780
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,340 0.14 0.29 $22.17 $46,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,330 0.42 0.86 $19.07 $39,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,220 0.43 0.87 $16.11 $33,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,130 0.41 0.83 $20.70 $43,060




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 760 17.77 36.04 $24.55 $51,060
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 1,010 8.58 17.40 $32.61 $67,820
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 350 7.32 14.84 $14.19 $29,520
Alexandria, LA 170 2.84 5.77 $12.98 $26,990
Port St. Lucie, FL 410 2.81 5.70 $14.49 $30,150
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 100 2.74 5.55 $12.51 $26,020
Charleston, WV 300 2.67 5.42 $11.18 $23,250
Terre Haute, IN 180 2.65 5.37 $12.24 $25,470
Fresno, CA 930 2.47 5.02 $32.12 $66,800
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 370 2.11 4.27 $12.60 $26,220




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)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,530 1.03 2.08 $34.99 $72,780
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 100 0.70 1.41 $34.47 $71,700
Salinas, CA 50 0.30 0.61 $34.42 $71,590
Barnstable Town, MA 30 0.31 0.64 $33.21 $69,070
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 1,010 8.58 17.40 $32.61 $67,820
Fresno, CA 930 2.47 5.02 $32.12 $66,800
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.30 0.60 $31.90 $66,350
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.34 $65,180
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 230 0.72 1.47 $31.13 $64,750
Stockton-Lodi, CA 390 1.57 3.18 $30.99 $64,450

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 590 3.96 8.03 $10.38 $21,600
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 350 3.87 7.84 $19.35 $40,250
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 2.07 4.19 $13.72 $28,540
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 260 1.55 3.15 $19.65 $40,870
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.86 1.75 $14.22 $29,580

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 590 3.96 8.03 $10.38 $21,600
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 350 3.87 7.84 $19.35 $40,250
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 330 2.07 4.19 $13.72 $28,540
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.66 3.38 $11.24 $23,370
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 260 1.55 3.15 $19.65 $40,870

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 0.97 1.97 $34.24 $71,220
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 0.72 $25.00 $52,000
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 1.68 $19.95 $41,490
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.73 1.49 $19.66 $40,890
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 260 1.55 3.15 $19.65 $40,870


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019