Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
66,930 1.5 % $17.34 $36,070 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.54 $12.49 $15.23 $20.35 $28.65
Annual Wage (2) $21,930 $25,980 $31,670 $42,320 $59,600


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 26,460 11.05 $17.85 $37,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,100 0.22 $17.14 $35,640
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,390 1.18 $13.77 $28,640
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,520 0.25 $21.96 $45,690
Outpatient Care Centers 3,880 0.44 $14.45 $30,050

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 26,460 11.05 $17.85 $37,130
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 7,390 1.18 $13.77 $28,640
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,270 0.78 $13.13 $27,310
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,890 0.73 $24.23 $50,400
Outpatient Care Centers 3,880 0.44 $14.45 $30,050

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 1,890 0.73 $24.23 $50,400
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,520 0.25 $21.96 $45,690
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 170 0.02 $19.93 $41,440
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,300 0.02 $19.23 $39,990
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 100 0.01 $18.55 $38,580


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 8,510 0.51 1.09 $27.44 $57,080
Florida 8,370 0.99 2.12 $13.48 $28,050
Texas 4,150 0.35 0.74 $15.63 $32,510
Illinois 3,540 0.60 1.27 $20.88 $43,420
Wisconsin 3,200 1.13 2.41 $16.54 $34,400




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 1,560 2.26 4.81 $11.08 $23,040
New Mexico 1,070 1.34 2.86 $14.31 $29,760
Alaska 390 1.24 2.64 $17.91 $37,260
Montana 550 1.20 2.56 $12.44 $25,870
Wisconsin 3,200 1.13 2.41 $16.54 $34,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,510 0.51 1.09 $27.44 $57,080
Connecticut 940 0.57 1.21 $26.93 $56,010
Oregon 750 0.41 0.88 $22.12 $46,010
New Jersey 410 0.10 0.22 $21.82 $45,390
District of Columbia 360 0.51 1.08 $21.05 $43,780



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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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,300 1.16 2.48 $15.94 $33,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,380 0.47 1.00 $16.04 $33,370
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,280 0.89 1.89 $28.35 $58,970
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,270 1.55 3.31 $15.33 $31,890
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.18 0.38 $21.62 $44,980
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,140 0.89 1.90 $12.97 $26,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.26 0.54 $25.63 $53,300
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,080 1.80 3.83 $13.69 $28,480
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 860 7.41 15.78 $28.11 $58,470
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 850 0.71 1.50 $12.67 $26,350


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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 770 17.50 37.27 $23.96 $49,840
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 860 7.41 15.78 $28.11 $58,470
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 300 6.24 13.28 $13.97 $29,070
Port St. Lucie, FL 670 4.78 10.17 $13.51 $28,090
Visalia-Porterville, CA 710 4.66 9.93 $25.83 $53,730
Pueblo, CO 280 4.62 9.83 $19.47 $40,490
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 130 3.50 7.45 $11.71 $24,350
Charleston, WV 270 2.42 5.15 $10.64 $22,130
Alexandria, LA 140 2.27 4.83 $12.37 $25,730
Santa Rosa, CA 450 2.23 4.76 $24.45 $50,850


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.17 $36.83 $76,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 0.19 $34.24 $71,210
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.31 0.66 $30.40 $63,240
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.14 0.31 $29.29 $60,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 250 0.80 1.69 $28.62 $59,540
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,280 0.89 1.89 $28.35 $58,970
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 860 7.41 15.78 $28.11 $58,470
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $28.09 $58,440
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.22 0.46 $28.06 $58,360
Fresno, CA 830 2.22 4.73 $27.96 $58,150

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 620 4.26 9.08 $10.44 $21,720
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 400 2.80 5.96 $20.31 $42,250
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 360 4.04 8.60 $18.90 $39,300
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 2.34 4.98 $12.53 $26,060
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 240 1.74 3.71 $12.04 $25,040

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 620 4.26 9.08 $10.44 $21,720
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 360 4.04 8.60 $18.90 $39,300
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 400 2.80 5.96 $20.31 $42,250
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 170 2.39 5.08 $18.69 $38,870
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 2.34 4.98 $12.53 $26,060

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.41 0.87 $24.89 $51,760
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 400 2.80 5.96 $20.31 $42,250
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.50 $40,550
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 220 1.36 2.90 $19.25 $40,040
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 360 4.04 8.60 $18.90 $39,300


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018