Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States take home an average $15.68 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Although slightly less than half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, close to one-half claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,616 - $51,196
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MEDIAN: $33,720
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,616 - $51,196  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $3,416  
Profit Sharing
$525  
Total Pay (?
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$24,857 - $48,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $22.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.52  
Overtime
$16.89 - $33.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$97.87 - $3,416  
   
Profit Sharing
$525  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,857 - $48,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,242

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Job Description for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists are primarily responsible for the care and treatment of children with autism. They often provide care in a one-on-one situation, analyzing a child’s specific needs and developing and implementing therapies to address those issues. A variety of speech and language therapies may be used to improve verbal and communication skills. Once communication is established, social skills, cooperation, and common daily activities are addressed. Applied behavior analysis therapists work closely with the families of children with autism to teach them methods of assisting the child in developing life skills. They careful track and analyze the child’s progress and continually inform their board certified behavior consultant (BCBA) manager about the effectiveness of current treatment.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Tasks

  • Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
  • Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.
  • Treat patients based on defined interventions, consult with physicians regarding patient status and progress.
  • Maintain updated knowledge on instruction of ABA, behavior management, and techniques applicable to the patient population.

Common Career Paths for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who transition into a Speech-Language Pathologist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist often leads to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Behavior Analyst; median salaries in these positions are $25K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists fill the offices of leading firms The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Trumpet, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare. Those at Bierman ABA can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $38K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Behavior Intervention Services at $33K, Butterfly Effects at $32K, and Cornerstone Autism Center, where Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists annually earn $32K.

Employees at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare can also expect below-average earnings of $26K, $31K, and $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Pay by Experience for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,305 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 245 salaries. An experienced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 98 salaries. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 16 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,895

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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, 38 percent higher than the national average. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+24 percent), Orange (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Indianapolis and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Charleston:
"Rewarding but exhausting."
Pros: The few children who have been gifted enough to live in a home with rules and discipline. These children are a lot smarter than some parents give them credit for.
Cons: The low pay and zero compensation for last minute cancellations.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Greenville:
"Work Flexibility, Good Work Relationship With Other Employees."
Pros: I enjoy working with the children and helping them better themselves as individuals.
Cons: The least that I like about my job is the salary.

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Key Stats for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲74%

▲34%

▲19%

National Average
$33,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Data Collection
▲20%

ABA
▲17%

Masters degree
▲11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲8%

▲6%


Applied Behavior analysis
▲5%



Bilingual
▲1%

Childhood Education
▼0%

Activities for Children
▼0%

Data Entry
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Spanish Language
▼2%

Clinical Psychology
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 27%
no benefits
None: 50%
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