Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
72,650 1.7 % $15.15 $31,520 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.86 $10.72 $13.80 $18.02 $24.25
Annual Wage (2) $18,420 $22,290 $28,710 $37,470 $50,430


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 28,830 11.93 $15.98 $33,230
State Government (OES Designation) 21,880 0.95 $13.90 $28,920
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,520 0.17 $15.73 $32,720
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,700 0.83 $11.85 $24,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,270 1.06 $23.35 $48,570

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 28,830 11.93 $15.98 $33,230
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,270 1.06 $23.35 $48,570
State Government (OES Designation) 21,880 0.95 $13.90 $28,920
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,700 0.83 $11.85 $24,640
Other Residential Care Facilities 380 0.24 $11.61 $24,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $23.51 $48,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,270 1.06 $23.35 $48,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,010 0.02 $17.04 $35,440
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 28,830 11.93 $15.98 $33,230
Nursing Care Facilities 190 0.01 $15.81 $32,870


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)
Texas 9,200 0.91 1.60 $9.25 $19,230
California 8,610 0.62 1.08 $25.31 $52,640
Florida 6,890 0.97 1.70 $12.04 $25,040
Virginia 4,420 1.25 2.19 $12.22 $25,420
Missouri 4,230 1.64 2.86 $12.14 $25,250




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)
Missouri 4,230 1.64 2.86 $12.14 $25,250
Virginia 4,420 1.25 2.19 $12.22 $25,420
Florida 6,890 0.97 1.70 $12.04 $25,040
Maine 560 0.97 1.69 $12.36 $25,720
Connecticut 1,520 0.95 1.66 $22.28 $46,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,610 0.62 1.08 $25.31 $52,640
Connecticut 1,520 0.95 1.66 $22.28 $46,350
New Jersey 430 0.12 0.20 $20.37 $42,360
District of Columbia 470 0.73 1.28 $20.15 $41,920
Rhode Island 310 0.70 1.23 $19.26 $40,060

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.52 0.92 $17.06 $35,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.42 0.74 $24.14 $50,210
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,450 1.15 2.02 $13.08 $27,210
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,340 1.17 2.05 $26.99 $56,140
Richmond, VA 1,250 2.15 3.77 $12.23 $25,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,220 0.49 0.85 $10.21 $21,250
Jefferson City, MO 1,220 16.98 29.71 $13.45 $27,980
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.51 0.89 $8.95 $18,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 980 0.43 0.75 $16.81 $34,970
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 960 1.40 2.44 $12.95 $26,930




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)
Jefferson City, MO 1,220 16.98 29.71 $13.45 $27,980
Napa, CA 710 11.64 20.36 $25.15 $52,310
Abilene, TX 690 11.20 19.60 $8.47 $17,610
Tallahassee, FL 950 6.02 10.53 $12.19 $25,350
Visalia-Porterville, CA 740 5.64 9.87 $24.31 $50,560
Gainesville, FL 530 4.43 7.75 $12.17 $25,320
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 750 4.41 7.72 $24.80 $51,580
Lubbock, TX 430 3.51 6.15 $8.45 $17,580
Corpus Christi, TX 570 3.29 5.75 $8.91 $18,540
Dothan, AL 160 2.91 5.09 $9.82 $20,430




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.42 0.73 $29.32 $60,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.16 0.29 $27.82 $57,860
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,340 1.17 2.05 $26.99 $56,140
Napa, CA 710 11.64 20.36 $25.15 $52,310
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 750 4.41 7.72 $24.80 $51,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.07 0.13 $24.46 $50,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 790 0.58 1.01 $24.45 $50,850
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 220 0.27 0.47 $24.41 $50,780
Visalia-Porterville, CA 740 5.64 9.87 $24.31 $50,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.42 0.74 $24.14 $50,210

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,110 8.02 14.03 $8.75 $18,190
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 610 2.23 3.89 $8.50 $17,680
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 460 2.72 4.76 $11.14 $23,160
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 2.71 $13.32 $27,710
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 1.23 (8) (8)

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)
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 1,110 8.02 14.03 $8.75 $18,190
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 460 2.72 4.76 $11.14 $23,160
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 610 2.23 3.89 $8.50 $17,680
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 1.56 2.74 $12.86 $26,750
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 2.71 $13.32 $27,710

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 0.44 $15.61 $32,470
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.80 $30,780
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.07 $29,260
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 0.66 $13.76 $28,620
Northwest Indiana nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 2.71 $13.32 $27,710


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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