Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians

Care for mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed individuals, following physician instructions and hospital procedures. 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 medications and hypodermic injections.

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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)
58,600 3.4 % $13.49 $28,060 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.18 $9.71 $12.36 $16.55 $21.11
Annual Wage (2) $17,020 $20,190 $25,710 $34,420 $43,910

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 24,620 $13.86 $28,820 1 5
State government (OES designation) 10,930 $11.73 $24,390 2 12
General medical and surgical hospitals 9,410 $12.49 $25,980 3 10
Employment services 1,870 $12.91 $26,840 4 8
Residential mental health facilities 1,610 $11.59 $24,110 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of physicians (6) $22.69 $47,200 (6) 1
Colleges and universities 100 $15.43 $32,100 13 2
Nursing care facilities 170 $15.43 $32,090 12 3
Local government (OES designation) 1,320 $15.40 $32,030 6 4
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 24,620 $13.86 $28,820 1 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Indiana 4,920 $11.89 $24,730 0.172% 519
Illinois 6,600 $13.02 $27,080 0.114% 507
Virginia 3,060 $10.53 $21,910 0.090% 569
Utah 910 $10.21 $21,240 0.087% 509
District of Columbia 490 $16.96 $35,270 0.082% 281

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 80 $25.62 $53,290 0.028% 118
District of Columbia 490 $16.96 $35,270 0.082% 281
New Jersey (6) $15.98 $33,240 (6) 428
Oregon 600 $15.12 $31,460 0.039% 361
New York 910 $14.90 $30,990 0.011% 455

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 120 $9.11 $18,950 0.150%
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 780 $9.75 $20,270 0.145%
Gainesville, FL MSA 140 $11.96 $24,870 0.115%
Decatur, IL MSA 60 $11.95 $24,850 0.112%
Indianapolis, IN MSA 940 $13.94 $29,000 0.111%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sacramento, CA PMSA (6) $19.53 $40,630 (6)
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA (6) $19.47 $40,500 (6)
San Diego, CA MSA 210 $18.20 $37,850 0.017%
Oakland, CA PMSA 140 $17.57 $36,550 0.014%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 200 $16.89 $35,130 0.015%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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