Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
59,200 2.5 % $13.55 $28,180 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $9.84 $12.34 $16.43 $21.06
Annual Wage (2) $17,380 $20,470 $25,670 $34,170 $43,810

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 24,960 $13.99 $29,090
State government (OES designation) 10,480 $11.73 $24,390
General medical and surgical hospitals 10,070 $12.98 $26,990
Other hospitals 2,700 $19.04 $39,600
Employment services 2,210 $13.68 $28,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of physicians (7) $19.38 $40,300
Other hospitals 2,700 $19.04 $39,600
Colleges and universities 200 $14.99 $31,170
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 24,960 $13.99 $29,090
Home health care services (7) $13.95 $29,020

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
Missouri 4,440 $9.37 $19,500 0.169%
Indiana 4,590 $12.09 $25,140 0.161%
Illinois 5,720 $13.81 $28,730 0.100%
Virginia 3,250 $10.47 $21,780 0.095%
Idaho 520 $12.47 $25,930 0.092%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 460 $17.26 $35,890 0.077%
Oregon 560 $15.33 $31,880 0.036%
Vermont 180 $15.27 $31,770 0.062%
Rhode Island (7) $15.15 $31,500 (7)
New York 1,020 $14.83 $30,850 0.012%

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
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSA 1,170 $12.60 $26,210 0.175%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 2,170 $9.93 $20,640 0.171%
Gainesville, FL MSA 180 $11.51 $23,950 0.150%
Richmond-Petersburg, VA MSA 650 $9.80 $20,380 0.120%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 820 $10.47 $21,780 0.116%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 $21.30 $44,300 0.008%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 2,680 $20.65 $42,940 0.067%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 40 $20.49 $42,610 0.018%
Sacramento, CA PMSA (7) $19.26 $40,050 (7)
San Diego, CA MSA 200 $18.85 $39,210 0.016%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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