Behavioral Health Technicians

Median Salary: $28,700   |  

Vital members of prosperous economies countrywide, behavioral health technicians took home a median yearly salary of $28,700 in 2010. Hourly, that yearly salary works out to $13.80 for an average behavioral health technician. Salaries change based on location, experience, and education, which is why it is positively essential to seek proper training.

A projected 72,650 persons worked as behavioral health technicians in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most successful behavioral health technicians often tend to be social, enterprising, and investigative. The right mix of attributes and great training is vital for persons intending to progress in this field.

For behavioral health technicians, it's important to build on skills like:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Information Ordering
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Selective Attention

Successful behavioral health technicians oftentimes exhibit attributes like:

  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Persistence

It's valuable for behavioral health technicians to be familiar with subjects like:

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medicine and Dentistry

On a typical day, a behavioral health technician might be assisting and caring for others, performing administrative activities, or analyzing data or information, making solid training in these areas very helpful. Read on for more info about behavioral health technicians in areas countrywide. See about everything from salaries to job density.

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Alabama
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Birmingham 290 $25,600 $12.30 $30,000 $14.40 7.7%
Dothan 160 $20,500 $9.90 $22,700 $10.90 408.6%
Mobile NA $21,800 $10.50 $23,400 $11.20 NA
Montgomery NA $26,400 $12.70 $33,100 $15.90 NA
Alaska
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Anchorage 210 $28,900 $13.90 $31,600 $15.20 122.2%
Arizona
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Phoenix 710 $34,100 $16.40 $37,600 $18.10 -26.4%
Tucson 440 $23,700 $11.40 $28,000 $13.50 120.5%
Arkansas
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Little Rock 460 $22,600 $10.90 $25,400 $12.20 147.4%
California
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Los Angeles (Area) 2,410 $51,800 $24.90 $57,200 $27.50 -18.7%
Napa 710 $51,300 $24.70 $58,700 $28.20 1934.1%
Oakland 150 $43,900 $21.10 $52,400 $25.20 -72.6%
Oxnard 140 $46,300 $22.30 $50,000 $24.00 -13.5%
Riverside 1,340 $53,800 $25.90 $59,100 $28.40 104.7%
Sacramento 220 $56,700 $27.30 $60,300 $29.00 -52.8%
San Diego 250 $50,600 $24.30 $58,900 $28.30 -64.9%
San Francisco (Area) 300 $52,600 $25.30 $59,100 $28.40 -72%
San Francisco (City) 160 $57,800 $27.80 $63,400 $30.50 -71.3%
San Jose 60 $54,100 $26.00 $63,500 $30.50 -87.1%
Santa Rosa 750 $50,200 $24.10 $59,200 $28.50 671%
Vallejo 50 $58,300 $28.10 $60,300 $29.00 -27.3%
Visalia 740 $53,000 $25.50 $57,200 $27.50 885.8%
Colorado
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Denver 190 $32,200 $15.50 $36,500 $17.60 -72.7%
Connecticut
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Bridgeport 270 $46,500 $22.40 $56,300 $27.10 18.2%
District of Columbia
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Washington (Area) 1,010 $31,300 $15.10 $45,500 $21.90 -37.9%
Florida
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Cape Coral NA $29,400 $14.10 $32,800 $15.80 NA
Deltona NA $21,700 $10.40 $25,800 $12.40 NA
Gainesville 530 $25,000 $12.00 $28,200 $13.60 674.8%
Jacksonville 440 $23,000 $11.00 $25,600 $12.30 36.2%
Miami (Area) 1,820 $26,100 $12.60 $29,700 $14.30 48.4%
Naples 80 $28,000 $13.50 $31,900 $15.30 33.9%
Orlando 580 $23,500 $11.30 $27,300 $13.10 5.6%
Palm Bay 320 $22,300 $10.70 $24,200 $11.60 198.8%
Pensacola 80 $19,800 $9.50 $22,400 $10.80 -0.7%
Port St. Lucie 270 $27,700 $13.30 $30,200 $14.50 296.9%
Tallahassee 950 $24,600 $11.90 $28,300 $13.60 952.6%
Tampa 850 $22,800 $11.00 $25,500 $12.30 35.5%
Georgia
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Atlanta 560 $28,400 $13.70 $34,700 $16.70 -55.2%
Idaho
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Boise City 130 $28,700 $13.80 $33,800 $16.30 -9.1%
Illinois
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Chicago (Area) 2,210 $35,400 $17.00 $40,400 $19.40 -7.5%
Indiana
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Evansville 220 $25,300 $12.20 $29,400 $14.10 133.9%
Fort Wayne 200 $26,500 $12.70 $30,900 $14.80 75.2%
Indianapolis 380 $27,500 $13.20 $31,200 $15.00 -22%
Iowa
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Des Moines 70 $27,300 $13.10 $31,100 $15.00 -59.3%
Kansas
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Wichita 60 $28,200 $13.60 $32,700 $15.70 -65%
Kentucky
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Louisville 230 $23,000 $11.10 $25,800 $12.40 -29.9%
Louisiana
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Alexandria NA $33,900 $16.30 $41,600 $20.00 NA
Monroe 80 $23,900 $11.50 $28,600 $13.80 92.3%
New Orleans 200 $25,000 $12.00 $30,400 $14.60 -30.8%
Shreveport NA $18,700 $9.00 $20,100 $9.70 NA
Maryland
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Baltimore 30 $36,800 $17.70 $43,900 $21.10 -95.1%
Michigan
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Detroit (Area) 500 $32,700 $15.70 $37,000 $17.80 -47.7%
Mississippi
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Gulfport 140 $26,400 $12.70 $28,900 $13.90 137.2%
Jackson 260 $20,800 $10.00 $27,100 $13.10 89%
Missouri
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Jefferson City 1,220 $27,800 $13.40 $29,700 $14.30 2869.1%
Kansas City 640 $24,100 $11.60 $28,700 $13.80 17.3%
Springfield 130 $23,700 $11.40 $28,600 $13.80 22.2%
St. Louis 1,450 $24,700 $11.90 $30,900 $14.90 101.6%
Nebraska
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Lincoln 250 $24,700 $11.90 $28,100 $13.50 174.7%
Omaha 360 $25,100 $12.10 $29,300 $14.10 42.8%
New Mexico
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Albuquerque 410 $28,700 $13.80 $32,500 $15.60 92.3%
New York
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New York (Area) 1,020 $40,800 $19.60 $48,900 $23.50 -78.1%
Poughkeepsie 90 $40,800 $19.60 $52,100 $25.10 -37.1%
Rochester 90 $27,900 $13.40 $31,100 $14.90 -67.3%
North Carolina
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Charlotte 80 $30,600 $14.70 $32,300 $15.50 -83.6%
Ohio
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Cleveland 320 $30,400 $14.60 $34,400 $16.50 -42.5%
Columbus 110 NA NA NA NA -77.6%
Toledo NA $31,500 $15.20 $34,400 $16.50 NA
Youngstown NA $25,900 $12.50 $30,300 $14.60 NA
Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City 580 $27,500 $13.20 $32,100 $15.40 84.1%
Tulsa 200 $22,500 $10.80 $25,300 $12.20 -15.2%
Pennsylvania
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Erie 50 $27,200 $13.10 $29,200 $14.00 -35.1%
Harrisburg 60 $27,200 $13.10 $59,200 $28.50 -67.8%
Philadelphia (Area) 360 $36,700 $17.60 $43,200 $20.80 -76%
Pittsburgh 290 $28,100 $13.50 $30,300 $14.60 -54.4%
Rhode Island
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Providence NA $35,700 $17.20 $42,800 $20.60 NA
Tennessee
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Chattanooga 160 $21,700 $10.40 $24,000 $11.60 25%
Memphis 260 $23,000 $11.10 $26,100 $12.60 -23.6%
Texas
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Abilene 690 $17,600 $8.50 $18,800 $9.00 1858.4%
Brownsville NA $20,600 $9.90 $22,600 $10.90 NA
College Station 80 $17,500 $8.40 $18,600 $8.90 49.1%
Corpus Christi 570 $17,900 $8.60 $19,200 $9.20 474.5%
Dallas (Area) 1,420 $18,300 $8.80 $22,100 $10.60 -12.1%
Houston 1,220 $18,800 $9.00 $25,600 $12.30 -14.7%
Lubbock 430 $17,600 $8.50 $18,800 $9.10 514.2%
San Antonio 690 $18,400 $8.90 $21,800 $10.50 45.8%
Utah
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Salt Lake City 180 NA NA NA NA -47.2%
Virginia
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Danville 80 $24,500 $11.80 $28,800 $13.80 290%
Richmond 1,250 $25,200 $12.10 $29,000 $13.90 276.6%
Virginia Beach 880 $25,100 $12.10 $29,900 $14.40 114.5%
Washington
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Seattle (Area) 360 $35,000 $16.80 $38,000 $18.30 -61%
West Virginia
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Huntington 150 $24,800 $11.90 $29,300 $14.10 141.4%
Wisconsin
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Milwaukee 180 $29,800 $14.30 $32,600 $15.70 -59.4%

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