What does a Behavior Technician do?

Psychiatric technicians are the support staff working in the mental health care field. They are employed in locations including hospitals, private institutions, or patient residences. They observe and report patient behavior, moods, and their general well-being. They are responsible for ensuring patients are comfortable during and between their treatments and provide needed hands-on care for people with mental disabilities or mental illnesses.

Psychiatric technicians provide transportation to and from treatment and some are tasked with bathing, dressing, and feeding patients based upon their individual abilities. They track patients’ behavioral changes if necessary to help health care providers get a better understanding of the patient's behavior patterns. They measure vital signs and take samples of bodily fluids including urine if needed or requested by the health care provider. They administer medication and conduct recreational and therapeutic activities. Psychiatric technicians need certification or an associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology, certification in CPR, and a license when required by the state.

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Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Behavior Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$38,414 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $38K
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Midwest Recovery Center
Behavioral Health Technician
Apr 30, 2021

“Everything is great here and I have never been happier to go to work!!”

Windmoor HealthcareWindmoor Healthcare
Nov 4, 2020

“I worked PRN; so my schedule was pretty open and I was able to set it up the way I wanted.”

University Neuropsychiatric InstituteUniversity Neuropsychiatric Institute
Psychiatric Technician
May 12, 2021

“The pay is really good and our differentials are unbeatable.”

Austin Oaks HospitalAustin Oaks Hospital
Mental Health Technician
Oct 13, 2020

“Great and loving people to work with.”

University of Texas at San AntonioUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
Mental Health Technician
Apr 18, 2021

“Provided with a good PhD salary and a well rounded education in multiple subfields within psychology and neurscience.”

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Jul 24, 2021

“Decent pay but not amazing”

Heritage Oaks HospitalHeritage Oaks Hospital
Nov 3, 2020

“Great learning opportunity and stepping stone to start your career”

Southwood Psychiatric HospitalSouthwood Psychiatric Hospital
Behavioral Health Associate
Apr 8, 2021

“People are constantly late and nothing is done about it”

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