Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
58,450 1.7 % $17.44 $36,280 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.99 $11.89 $14.97 $21.64 $29.18
Annual Wage (2) $20,780 $24,740 $31,140 $45,020 $60,690


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 22,790 9.88 $18.01 $37,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,820 0.21 $16.75 $34,830
State Government (OES Designation) 8,780 0.40 $20.20 $42,010
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,990 0.82 $13.29 $27,650
Outpatient Care Centers 2,500 0.34 $13.22 $27,500

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 22,790 9.88 $18.01 $37,450
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,110 0.85 $23.30 $48,460
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 4,990 0.82 $13.29 $27,650
State Government (OES Designation) 8,780 0.40 $20.20 $42,010
Other Residential Care Facilities 600 0.37 $12.56 $26,130

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 2,110 0.85 $23.30 $48,460
State Government (OES Designation) 8,780 0.40 $20.20 $42,010
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 550 0.02 $19.41 $40,380
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 22,790 9.88 $18.01 $37,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,820 0.21 $16.75 $34,830


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 8,010 0.52 1.22 $27.69 $57,590
Florida 7,630 0.96 2.27 $12.83 $26,680
Illinois 5,740 0.98 2.31 $23.45 $48,770
Virginia 4,140 1.12 2.65 $13.44 $27,960
Texas 3,330 0.29 0.68 $14.82 $30,820




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)
West Virginia 1,280 1.81 4.27 $9.93 $20,660
New Mexico 980 1.22 2.88 $13.43 $27,940
Virginia 4,140 1.12 2.65 $13.44 $27,960
Illinois 5,740 0.98 2.31 $23.45 $48,770
Florida 7,630 0.96 2.27 $12.83 $26,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,010 0.52 1.22 $27.69 $57,590
Connecticut 1,020 0.62 1.45 $24.65 $51,270
Illinois 5,740 0.98 2.31 $23.45 $48,770
New Jersey 290 0.07 0.17 $22.86 $47,550
Michigan 840 0.20 0.48 $22.16 $46,090





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)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,370 1.26 2.97 $13.99 $29,110
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.38 0.90 $22.05 $45,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.31 0.74 $26.16 $54,420
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,240 0.94 2.22 $22.00 $45,750
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,170 0.89 2.10 $29.45 $61,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,030 0.35 0.83 $15.13 $31,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,010 0.54 1.27 $12.98 $26,990
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 920 1.25 2.96 $13.56 $28,210
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 850 0.69 1.64 $11.74 $24,420
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 810 7.31 17.24 $27.82 $57,870




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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 810 7.31 17.24 $27.82 $57,870
Lynchburg, VA 650 6.62 15.62 $12.10 $25,180
Port St. Lucie, FL 580 4.41 10.41 $13.21 $27,490
Pueblo, CO 250 4.28 10.09 $17.78 $36,980
Tallahassee, FL 630 3.97 9.37 $12.55 $26,110
Visalia-Porterville, CA 540 3.85 9.09 $27.18 $56,530
Santa Rosa, CA 520 2.76 6.50 $24.48 $50,930
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 310 2.51 5.93 $33.40 $69,470
Morgantown, WV 150 2.38 5.63 $10.58 $22,010
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 270 2.07 4.88 $10.41 $21,650




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 100 0.64 1.52 $34.28 $71,300
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 310 2.51 5.93 $33.40 $69,470
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $30.23 $62,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.19 $30.19 $62,800
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,170 0.89 2.10 $29.45 $61,260
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.19 0.44 $29.08 $60,480
Stockton-Lodi, CA 260 1.20 2.83 $28.15 $58,540
Fresno, CA 690 2.03 4.79 $28.13 $58,500
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 200 0.68 1.61 $28.07 $58,380
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 810 7.31 17.24 $27.82 $57,870

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 510 5.66 13.35 $20.44 $42,520
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 500 3.92 9.24 $11.68 $24,290
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 2.91 6.88 $19.50 $40,560
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 380 2.15 5.07 $18.16 $37,770
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 260 2.49 5.86 $12.91 $26,860

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 510 5.66 13.35 $20.44 $42,520
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 500 3.92 9.24 $11.68 $24,290
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 2.91 6.88 $19.50 $40,560
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 260 2.49 5.86 $12.91 $26,860
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 380 2.15 5.07 $18.16 $37,770

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 Illinois nonmetropolitan area 510 5.66 13.35 $20.44 $42,520
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 410 2.91 6.88 $19.50 $40,560
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.37 $18.59 $38,680
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 380 2.15 5.07 $18.16 $37,770
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.56 $34,450


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016