Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
67,760 1.7 % $15.93 $33,140 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.88 $11.53 $14.45 $18.86 $25.47
Annual Wage (2) $20,550 $23,990 $30,050 $39,240 $52,980


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 25,500 10.95 $16.36 $34,040
State Government (OES Designation) 17,980 0.82 $16.14 $33,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,740 0.19 $16.20 $33,690
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,550 0.79 $11.97 $24,900
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,150 0.93 $22.19 $46,160

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 25,500 10.95 $16.36 $34,040
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,150 0.93 $22.19 $46,160
State Government (OES Designation) 17,980 0.82 $16.14 $33,570
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,550 0.79 $11.97 $24,900
Other Residential Care Facilities 980 0.62 $12.73 $26,470

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 2,150 0.93 $22.19 $46,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 300 0.01 $19.53 $40,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 290 0.02 $16.78 $34,910
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 25,500 10.95 $16.36 $34,040
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 470 0.07 $16.25 $33,800


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 8,400 0.59 1.13 $24.00 $49,930
Massachusetts 8,340 2.61 5.01 $17.77 $36,950
Florida 6,140 0.84 1.62 $12.22 $25,410
Missouri 5,220 2.00 3.85 $11.86 $24,660
Virginia 4,030 1.12 2.15 $12.48 $25,950




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)
Massachusetts 8,340 2.61 5.01 $17.77 $36,950
Missouri 5,220 2.00 3.85 $11.86 $24,660
Montana 510 1.19 2.29 $12.36 $25,710
Virginia 4,030 1.12 2.15 $12.48 $25,950
Rhode Island 500 1.10 2.11 $18.53 $38,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $25.96 $53,990
California 8,400 0.59 1.13 $24.00 $49,930
Connecticut 1,320 0.81 1.56 $22.23 $46,240
Alaska 190 0.61 1.17 $19.74 $41,060
New York 1,410 0.17 0.32 $19.20 $39,930





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,510 3.22 6.20 $18.83 $39,180
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,870 1.47 2.83 $11.89 $24,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.46 0.89 $22.47 $46,740
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.40 0.76 $18.76 $39,020
Richmond, VA 1,240 2.07 3.98 $12.51 $26,010
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,120 6.48 12.47 $23.31 $48,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,120 0.96 1.85 $24.79 $51,560
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,090 0.41 0.79 $13.09 $27,230
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,060 1.06 2.03 $12.48 $25,960
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,010 1.00 1.91 $11.82 $24,590




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)
Napa, CA 620 9.90 19.04 $22.81 $47,450
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,120 6.48 12.47 $23.31 $48,480
Tallahassee, FL 780 4.96 9.53 $12.51 $26,020
Pueblo, CO 220 3.95 7.60 $15.12 $31,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,510 3.22 6.20 $18.83 $39,180
Dothan, AL 170 2.98 5.72 $10.33 $21,490
Richmond, VA 1,240 2.07 3.98 $12.51 $26,010
Bangor, ME 130 1.97 3.79 $10.39 $21,610
Port St. Lucie, FL 240 1.97 3.79 $13.01 $27,070
Tucson, AZ 620 1.78 3.42 $11.53 $23,980




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)
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.11 0.20 $30.74 $63,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.39 $56,960
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.52 $55,160
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 210 0.26 0.51 $26.11 $54,310
Fresno, CA 430 1.37 2.64 $25.52 $53,080
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 250 0.74 1.42 $25.50 $53,040
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,120 0.96 1.85 $24.79 $51,560
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.70 1.36 $24.58 $51,120
Visalia-Porterville, CA 210 1.57 3.02 $24.51 $50,970
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,120 6.48 12.47 $23.31 $48,480

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 640 10.23 19.67 $11.72 $24,390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 380 2.70 5.20 $8.84 $18,390
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.50 2.89 $13.46 $27,990
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.95 1.84 $17.73 $36,870
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.80 $14.37 $29,890

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)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 640 10.23 19.67 $11.72 $24,390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 380 2.70 5.20 $8.84 $18,390
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 220 1.50 2.89 $13.46 $27,990
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.95 1.84 $17.73 $36,870
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 60 0.70 1.35 (8) (8)

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)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.95 1.84 $17.73 $36,870
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 0.57 $17.44 $36,280
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.80 $34,940
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.63 $15.74 $32,730
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 0.80 $14.37 $29,890


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013