Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
64,540 2.1 % $16.91 $35,160 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.09 $11.94 $14.97 $20.52 $27.54
Annual Wage (2) $20,990 $24,830 $31,130 $42,680 $57,280


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 25,570 11.25 $17.85 $37,130
State Government (OES Designation) 13,390 0.61 $17.56 $36,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,840 0.19 $16.42 $34,150
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,740 0.78 $12.93 $26,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,200 0.89 $22.95 $47,740

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 25,570 11.25 $17.85 $37,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,200 0.89 $22.95 $47,740
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,740 0.78 $12.93 $26,890
State Government (OES Designation) 13,390 0.61 $17.56 $36,520
Other Residential Care Facilities 780 0.50 $13.45 $27,980

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 2,200 0.89 $22.95 $47,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 500 0.02 $21.06 $43,800
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 25,570 11.25 $17.85 $37,130
State Government (OES Designation) 13,390 0.61 $17.56 $36,520
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,840 0.19 $16.42 $34,150


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 7,950 0.53 1.10 $26.47 $55,060
Massachusetts 7,280 2.19 4.59 $18.12 $37,700
Florida 6,950 0.91 1.90 $12.46 $25,910
Virginia 4,370 1.20 2.51 $13.24 $27,530
Illinois 3,860 0.67 1.40 $22.24 $46,270




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 7,280 2.19 4.59 $18.12 $37,700
West Virginia 1,160 1.63 3.42 $9.32 $19,390
Montana 580 1.30 2.72 $13.37 $27,820
Virginia 4,370 1.20 2.51 $13.24 $27,530
New Mexico 910 1.16 2.43 $12.96 $26,950




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) $28.27 $58,800
California 7,950 0.53 1.10 $26.47 $55,060
Connecticut 1,200 0.73 1.53 $22.83 $47,480
Illinois 3,860 0.67 1.40 $22.24 $46,270
Michigan 600 0.15 0.31 $20.11 $41,820





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 4,960 2.77 5.79 $19.30 $40,130
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.39 0.81 $20.84 $43,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.35 0.74 $24.87 $51,720
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,400 1.08 2.25 $17.13 $35,630
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,160 1.11 2.33 $13.54 $28,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,140 0.91 1.91 $27.61 $57,440
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,090 0.38 0.80 $14.18 $29,490
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 950 1.30 2.72 $13.30 $27,670
Richmond, VA 890 1.45 3.03 $13.11 $27,270
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 890 0.83 1.73 $11.99 $24,930




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)
Lynchburg, VA 690 6.94 14.53 $12.18 $25,330
Pueblo, CO 290 5.22 10.93 $17.74 $36,890
Tallahassee, FL 650 4.11 8.60 $12.35 $25,690
Visalia-Porterville, CA 550 4.05 8.47 $25.89 $53,860
Bangor, ME 200 3.13 6.56 $13.82 $28,760
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 560 3.01 6.31 $23.83 $49,570
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 330 2.78 5.81 $31.99 $66,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,960 2.77 5.79 $19.30 $40,130
Morgantown, WV 160 2.51 5.25 $10.96 $22,790
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 250 2.29 4.80 $9.50 $19,760




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 160 0.97 2.04 $35.38 $73,580
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 330 2.78 5.81 $31.99 $66,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 170 0.59 1.24 $29.96 $62,310
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $29.44 $61,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.06 0.12 $29.25 $60,840
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 410 1.04 2.17 $28.31 $58,880
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 50 0.16 0.33 $28.23 $58,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $28.01 $58,260
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,140 0.91 1.91 $27.61 $57,440
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.45 $57,100

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)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.27 8.95 $11.64 $24,220
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 470 3.35 7.00 $17.62 $36,640
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 400 2.58 5.41 $12.58 $26,170
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 310 2.19 4.59 $18.04 $37,510
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 260 1.22 2.56 $10.63 $22,120

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)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.27 8.95 $11.64 $24,220
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 3.51 7.34 $12.73 $26,480
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 470 3.35 7.00 $17.62 $36,640
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 400 2.58 5.41 $12.58 $26,170
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 310 2.19 4.59 $18.04 $37,510

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)
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.24 0.51 $18.19 $37,830
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 0.24 $18.06 $37,560
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 310 2.19 4.59 $18.04 $37,510
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 0.68 $17.68 $36,770
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 470 3.35 7.00 $17.62 $36,640


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015