Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
69,840 1.2 % $15.08 $31,370 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.54 $10.46 $13.69 $18.09 $24.61
Annual Wage (2) $15,680 $21,760 $28,470 $37,630 $51,200


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 23,830 10.16 $16.43 $34,170
State Government (OES Designation) 23,530 1.03 $13.37 $27,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,350 0.18 $15.94 $33,150
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,280 0.75 $11.98 $24,920
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,260 1.02 $23.00 $47,840

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 23,830 10.16 $16.43 $34,170
State Government (OES Designation) 23,530 1.03 $13.37 $27,810
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,260 1.02 $23.00 $47,840
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,280 0.75 $11.98 $24,920
Other Residential Care Facilities 660 0.41 $11.76 $24,460

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 2,260 1.02 $23.00 $47,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (8) (8) $21.58 $44,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 970 0.02 $17.54 $36,490
Nursing Care Facilities 260 0.02 $16.61 $34,560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 23,830 10.16 $16.43 $34,170


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 10,300 1.00 1.84 $8.94 $18,600
California 8,730 0.62 1.14 $25.13 $52,280
Massachusetts 8,200 2.60 4.77 $17.69 $36,790
Florida 6,340 0.89 1.63 $12.03 $25,010
Missouri 5,080 1.96 3.60 $11.86 $24,670




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 8,200 2.60 4.77 $17.69 $36,790
Missouri 5,080 1.96 3.60 $11.86 $24,670
Virginia 3,990 1.12 2.06 $12.13 $25,220
Texas 10,300 1.00 1.84 $8.94 $18,600
Florida 6,340 0.89 1.63 $12.03 $25,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,730 0.62 1.14 $25.13 $52,280
Connecticut 1,370 0.85 1.56 $22.29 $46,360
New Jersey 440 0.12 0.22 $20.96 $43,610
New York 1,350 0.16 0.29 $19.18 $39,890
Alaska 210 0.66 1.21 $19.13 $39,800





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 3.29 6.04 $18.75 $38,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.48 0.89 $22.80 $47,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,560 1.23 2.25 $11.87 $24,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,520 0.60 1.09 $10.26 $21,330
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.36 0.66 $17.85 $37,130
Richmond, VA 1,280 2.17 3.99 $12.31 $25,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.62 1.14 $8.60 $17,890
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,100 6.36 11.69 $24.96 $51,920
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.11 2.04 $12.22 $25,420
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.75 1.37 $24.67 $51,320




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)
Abilene, TX 800 12.67 23.27 $7.83 $16,280
Napa, CA 660 10.72 19.69 $25.76 $53,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,100 6.36 11.69 $24.96 $51,920
Tallahassee, FL 940 5.94 10.92 $12.22 $25,410
Springfield, MA-CT 1,030 3.59 6.60 (8) (8)
Corpus Christi, TX 620 3.53 6.49 $8.45 $17,590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,510 3.29 6.04 $18.75 $38,990
Alexandria, LA 190 3.09 5.68 $16.57 $34,470
Richmond, VA 1,280 2.17 3.99 $12.31 $25,600
Port St. Lucie, FL 240 2.02 3.71 $12.97 $26,980




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 40 0.14 0.25 $28.06 $58,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 0.41 $27.41 $57,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $27.37 $56,940
Fresno, CA 410 1.31 2.40 $26.55 $55,230
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 210 0.26 0.48 $26.54 $55,200
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 240 0.72 1.33 $26.01 $54,110
Napa, CA 660 10.72 19.69 $25.76 $53,570
Visalia-Porterville, CA 260 1.97 3.61 $25.62 $53,280
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 1,100 6.36 11.69 $24.96 $51,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.75 1.37 $24.67 $51,320

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 670 10.57 19.42 $11.30 $23,500
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.63 4.82 $8.68 $18,060
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.77 $17.42 $36,230
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 1.88 $10.88 $22,630

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 670 10.57 19.42 $11.30 $23,500
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.63 4.82 $8.68 $18,060
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 1.88 $10.88 $22,630
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.77 $17.42 $36,230

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 0.97 1.77 $17.42 $36,230
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.94 $31,080
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $14.50 $30,160
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 670 10.57 19.42 $11.30 $23,500
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 1.88 $10.88 $22,630


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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