Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
56,000 3.4 % $13.60 $28,290 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.32 $9.83 $12.39 $16.67 $21.16
Annual Wage (2) $17,300 $20,440 $25,780 $34,660 $44,020

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 21,730 $14.19 $29,520 1 5
State government (OES designation) 10,930 $11.88 $24,700 2 14
Employment services 2,380 $13.08 $27,200 3 11
Local government (OES designation) 1,640 $15.11 $31,420 4 3
Residential mental health facilities 1,470 $11.11 $23,100 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Offices of physicians (6) $21.43 $44,560 (6) 1
Nursing care facilities 170 $15.11 $31,430 11 2
Local government (OES designation) 1,640 $15.11 $31,420 4 3
Colleges and universities 130 $14.72 $30,620 13 4
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 21,730 $14.19 $29,520 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 4,700 $12.10 $25,170 0.165% 550
Utah 980 $10.40 $21,630 0.094% 550
Virginia 3,110 $10.62 $22,080 0.092% 624
District of Columbia 510 $17.15 $35,670 0.086% 297
Maine 490 $11.68 $24,300 0.083% 457

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 140 $20.26 $42,140 0.048% 237
District of Columbia 510 $17.15 $35,670 0.086% 297
New Jersey (6) $15.63 $32,510 (6) 463
Oregon 620 $15.24 $31,690 0.040% 371
Vermont 130 $15.12 $31,450 0.045% 268

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
Pueblo, CO MSA 260 $15.27 $31,770 0.486%
Gainesville, FL MSA 160 $11.81 $24,560 0.167%
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 820 $9.87 $20,530 0.151%
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 110 $9.11 $18,940 0.137%
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR MSA 320 $10.15 $21,100 0.105%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 150 $23.10 $48,050 0.015%
Sacramento, CA PMSA (6) $19.99 $41,580 (6)
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA (6) $19.85 $41,280 (6)
Bakersfield, CA MSA (6) $19.53 $40,620 (6)
San Diego, CA MSA 190 $18.61 $38,720 0.015%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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