Psychiatric technicians

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2019 Workforce
85.5k
Average Age
36.9
Estimated Job Growth
13.3%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$32,959
Average Male Salary
$34,927
Average Female Salary
$32,063

About

Psychiatric technicians are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Psychiatric technicians was $32,959 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Psychiatric technicians by wage are Recreational therapists, Fence erectors, and Medical assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Psychiatric technicians are Tulare & Porterville Cities PUMA, CA, Fort Collins City PUMA, CO, and Inland Region PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Psychiatric technicians are Tulare & Porterville Cities PUMA, CA, Inland Region PUMA, CA, and Fort Collins City PUMA, CO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Psychiatric technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Psychiatric technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Psychiatric technicians, by average wage, is Nursing Care Facilities. Psychiatric technicians are paid most in Bloom & Rich Townships PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Tulare & Porterville Cities PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,959
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,655

In 2019, Psychiatric technicians earned an average of $32,959, $22,565 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Recreational therapists make somewhat more than Psychiatric technicians while Medical assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Psychiatric technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.325
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Psychiatric technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.325, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Psychiatric technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Psychiatric technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Psychiatric technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Psychiatric technicians.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Psychiatric technicians, by average wage, are Nursing Care Facilities, Other health care services, and Administration of human resource programs.

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Industries by Share

85.5k
2019 Workforce
± 7,178
22%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Psychiatric technicians has been growing at a rate of 22%, from 70,137 people in 2018 to 85,534 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Psychiatric technicians employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Psychiatric technicians at  37.5%, followed by Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals with 13% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 12.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Psychiatric technicians in the US. The average age of male Psychiatric technicians in the workforce is 38 and of female Psychiatric technicians is 36.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Psychiatric technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

26.8k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,016
58.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,951

68.7% of Psychiatric technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Psychiatric technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Psychiatric technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

50% of Psychiatric technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 26% of Psychiatric technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Psychiatric technicians.

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Age by Gender

38
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.91
36.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.37

The median age of Psychiatric technicians is 36.9, and Male employees are generally 1.6 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Psychiatric technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Psychiatric technicians is Psychology but a relatively high number of Psychiatric technicians hold a major in Psychology.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Psychiatric Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Psychiatric Technicians are expected to see a growth of 13.3% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

13.3%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Psychiatric Technicians. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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