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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Mental Health Technician Salary

$14.28 hourly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$29,710 yearly

Entry level Salary
$23,000 yearly
$23,000
10 %
$29,710
Median
$37,000
90 %

How much does a Mental Health Technician make?

Mental health technicians make $29,710 per year on average, or $14.28 per hour, in the United States. Mental health technicians on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $23,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $37,000.

Location impacts how much a mental health technician can expect to make. Mental health technicians make the most in Vermont, California, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

Highest Paying States For Mental Health Technicians

The darker areas on the map show where mental health technicians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Mental Health Technician average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Vermont$45,904$22.07182
2Massachusetts$36,816$17.702,115
3Maine$35,221$16.93246
4Minnesota$34,261$16.471,624
5California$41,348$19.884,884
6Wisconsin$33,419$16.071,299
7North Dakota$36,305$17.45154
8Oregon$40,250$19.35450
9Washington$40,513$19.48729
10Montana$38,628$18.57140
11Illinois$35,191$16.922,070
12Nebraska$35,038$16.85350
13Nevada$34,543$16.61348
14New Hampshire$34,793$16.73262
15Kansas$32,862$15.80539
16Michigan$30,327$14.581,977
17Hawaii$36,129$17.37168
18Colorado$34,402$16.541,046
19Iowa$30,284$14.56822
20Arkansas$29,006$13.95653
21Ohio$29,464$14.172,305
22Wyoming$31,934$15.3596
23Connecticut$33,996$16.34482
24Mississippi$30,599$14.71392
25Arizona$29,821$14.341,305
26West Virginia$32,038$15.40176
27New Mexico$32,373$15.56274
28South Dakota$29,307$14.09199
29Missouri$28,159$13.541,405
30New York$33,354$16.041,702
31Utah$30,109$14.48568
32Indiana$26,839$12.901,888
33New Jersey$32,915$15.821,101
34Tennessee$26,342$12.661,634
35Rhode Island$29,189$14.03219
36Virginia$29,758$14.311,621
37Texas$27,384$13.173,778
38Idaho$27,290$13.12327
39Alaska$26,896$12.93197
40Alabama$25,554$12.29912
41Delaware$27,073$13.02231
42North Carolina$25,117$12.082,212
43Oklahoma$25,222$12.13641
44District of Columbia$29,677$14.27207
45Pennsylvania$26,575$12.781,795
46Louisiana$25,027$12.03706
47South Carolina$25,891$12.45776
48Georgia$26,355$12.671,475
49Kentucky$23,189$11.15740
50Maryland$23,363$11.231,239
51Florida$23,387$11.242,645

Highest Paying Cities For Mental Health Technicians

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Sacramento, CA$42,658$20.51
2Eugene, OR$40,577$19.51
3Lowell, MA$37,133$17.85
4Chicago, IL$35,282$16.96
5Omaha, NE$34,982$16.82
6Las Vegas, NV$34,386$16.53
7Aurora, CO$34,347$16.51
8Pontiac, MI$30,413$14.62
9Toledo, OH$30,247$14.54
10Portsmouth, VA$29,160$14.02
11Kansas City, MO$28,600$13.75
12McKinney, TX$27,793$13.36
13Fort Wayne, IN$27,335$13.14
14Memphis, TN$26,627$12.80
15Philadelphia, PA$26,386$12.69

Mental Health Technician Salary Details

Mental Health Technician Salary

What is a Mental Health Technician's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
75th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16
Average$29,710$2,476$14
25th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13
10th Percentile$23,000$1,917$11

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Therapist$52,984$4,415$25.47159,770
Residence Counselor$34,238$2,853$16.4678,872
Counselor/Art Therapist$53,729$4,477$25.8380,647
Residential Counselor$32,158$2,680$15.4681,287
In Home Therapist$47,492$3,958$22.83113,993
Psychiatric Technician$37,103$3,092$17.8464,888

Which Companies Pay Mental Health Technicians The Most?

The highest paying companies for mental health technicians are Prime Healthcare and Washington State University according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like PeaceHealth and Broward Health report highly competitive wages for mental health technicians.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Prime Healthcare$39,013$18.7668
2Washington State University$36,161$17.39
3PeaceHealth$35,405$17.0230
4Broward Health$32,679$15.7118
5Texas Health Resources$32,015$15.3968
6Vanderbilt University Medical Center$31,265$15.0335
7Conemaugh Health System$31,167$14.986
8RWJBarnabas Health$31,131$14.97182
9WakeMed$31,049$14.931437
10Baptist Health$31,009$14.91
11Akron Children's Hospital$30,887$14.8533
12Washington Health System$30,873$14.84
13CHKD Thrift Store$30,758$14.7946
14Baptist Health Care$30,678$14.7580
15Logan Health$30,581$14.70
16Cooper University Health Care$30,570$14.7026
17Piedmont Healthcare$30,558$14.6991
18INTEGRIS Health$30,320$14.5874
19Lowell General Hospital$30,188$14.516
20HealthTrust$30,162$14.5030

Mental Health Technician Salary Trends

Average Mental Health Technician Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Mental Health Technician Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$29,700$14.28+3.6%
    2021$28,700$13.77+2.7%
    2020$27,900$13.40+3.7%
    2019$26,900$12.91+2.2%
    2018$26,300$12.63-0.5%

    Recently Added Mental Health Technician Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    KidspeaceMental Health Technician Direct Care HospitalSchnecksville, PA06/01/2022$34,436
    Lifelong Medical CareMental Health Technician/Clinic AttendantOakland, CA05/31/2022$45,914
    Care Hawaii Inc.Mental Health Technician (Palekana Group HomeUrban Honolulu, HI05/29/2022$27,131
    ElevateMental Health Tech-SILSheboygan, WI05/27/2022$31,305
    Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesMental Health TechnicianNorman, OK05/27/2022$28,288
    Alternative Services Inc.-Northeast3Rd Shift-Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (Mhrt)Auburn, ME05/26/2022$35,479
    Maxim Healthcare StaffingMental Health TechnicianCambridge, MA05/25/2022$52,175
    Harsha Behavioral CenterPRN Mental Health Technician's at Harsha Behavioral CenterTerre Haute, IN05/25/2022$27,131
    Help at HomeMental Health TechUnion City, GA05/25/2022$25,044
    La Valley RecoveryMental Health TechnicianLos Angeles, CA05/24/2022$37,566

    Mental Health Technician Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Mental Health Technicians the most?

    Vermont pays Mental Health Technicians the most in the United States, with an average salary of $45,904 per year, or $22.07 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Mental Health Technician?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Mental Health Technician if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $41,348 per year.

    What type of Mental Health Technician gets paid the most?

    Mental Health Nurse gets paid the most. Mental Health Nurse made a median salary of $59,692. The best-paid 10 percent make $78,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $45,000.

    How much do mental health techs make an hour?

    Mental health techs make approximately $17 an hour. A technician's wage can vary due to location of employment and education.

    While larger cities typically pay more for mental health technicians, not all large markets are the same. A mental health tech in Chicago can expect to earn approximately $18 per hour, while techs working in San Francisco will earn close to $21per hour. This discrepancy in the hourly wage reflects the cost of living in both cities.

    What is the salary of a behavioral health technician?

    The average annual salary for a mental health technician is approximately $35,000. A technician's wage can vary due to location of employment and education. While larger cities typically pay more for mental health technicians, not all large markets are the same.

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