Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
66,760 2.2 % $16.09 $33,470 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.87 $11.46 $14.37 $19.10 $26.14
Annual Wage (2) $20,530 $23,840 $29,880 $39,720 $54,380


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 24,300 10.60 $16.88 $35,120
State Government (OES Designation) 16,590 0.76 $16.06 $33,400
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,030 0.19 $16.26 $33,820
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,760 0.80 $12.59 $26,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,260 0.95 $22.27 $46,330

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 24,300 10.60 $16.88 $35,120
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,260 0.95 $22.27 $46,330
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,760 0.80 $12.59 $26,180
State Government (OES Designation) 16,590 0.76 $16.06 $33,400
Other Residential Care Facilities 950 0.61 $12.60 $26,200

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 0.95 $22.27 $46,330
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly (8) (8) $21.31 $44,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 550 0.02 $20.26 $42,150
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 24,300 10.60 $16.88 $35,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,030 0.19 $16.26 $33,820


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)
California 8,110 0.55 1.09 $25.60 $53,240
Massachusetts 7,250 2.22 4.42 $17.53 $36,470
Florida 6,600 0.88 1.76 $11.89 $24,740
Missouri 4,930 1.87 3.71 $11.79 $24,520
Virginia 4,040 1.11 2.21 $12.70 $26,420




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 7,250 2.22 4.42 $17.53 $36,470
Missouri 4,930 1.87 3.71 $11.79 $24,520
Montana 690 1.57 3.11 $12.87 $26,780
New Mexico 940 1.20 2.38 $12.80 $26,620
Virginia 4,040 1.11 2.21 $12.70 $26,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $27.12 $56,410
California 8,110 0.55 1.09 $25.60 $53,240
Connecticut 1,300 0.79 1.58 $22.69 $47,190
New York 1,210 0.14 0.28 $19.49 $40,540
Rhode Island 500 1.10 2.19 $19.05 $39,620





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 4,880 2.79 5.54 $18.70 $38,900
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,940 1.50 2.98 $12.05 $25,070
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.52 1.03 $18.37 $38,200
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,800 12.55 24.92 $13.47 $28,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.45 0.89 $24.09 $50,100
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,180 1.13 2.25 $11.66 $24,250
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.13 2.24 $12.32 $25,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,120 0.41 0.81 $13.46 $27,990
Richmond, VA 1,060 1.76 3.49 $12.51 $26,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,040 0.86 1.71 $27.57 $57,350




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)
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 1,800 12.55 24.92 $13.47 $28,030
Pueblo, CO 280 4.96 9.86 $17.18 $35,740
Tallahassee, FL 720 4.57 9.07 $11.90 $24,750
Visalia-Porterville, CA 540 4.07 8.08 $25.30 $52,630
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 560 3.18 6.32 $23.54 $48,950
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 390 3.17 6.30 $29.98 $62,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,880 2.79 5.54 $18.70 $38,900
Port St. Lucie, FL 280 2.26 4.49 $12.75 $26,510
Morgantown, WV 120 1.92 3.82 $10.64 $22,120
Fresno, CA 580 1.79 3.56 $26.27 $54,650




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)
Salinas, CA 140 0.87 1.74 $32.90 $68,430
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 390 3.17 6.30 $29.98 $62,370
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $28.71 $59,720
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 50 0.18 0.35 $28.41 $59,100
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,040 0.86 1.71 $27.57 $57,350
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.95 $56,060
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.25 0.50 $26.57 $55,270
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.21 0.42 $26.57 $55,270
Fresno, CA 580 1.79 3.56 $26.27 $54,650
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 210 0.61 1.21 $25.60 $53,240

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 630 10.05 19.96 $11.59 $24,100
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 490 3.75 7.44 $11.11 $23,110
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 490 4.01 7.97 $12.86 $26,740
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 420 3.04 6.04 $17.97 $37,380
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.59 5.14 $9.00 $18,730

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 630 10.05 19.96 $11.59 $24,100
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 490 4.01 7.97 $12.86 $26,740
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 490 3.75 7.44 $11.11 $23,110
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 420 3.04 6.04 $17.97 $37,380
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 2.59 5.14 $9.00 $18,730

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)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 420 3.04 6.04 $17.97 $37,380
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 0.53 $17.88 $37,180
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.16 0.31 $17.75 $36,930
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.77 3.51 $17.00 $35,350
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 2.47 $16.89 $35,130


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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