Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Average Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States make around $15.50 per hour. Earnings sit near $11.86 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.45 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 90 percent. Job satisfaction for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists is high. While some workers in this profession — just over two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a little over a half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,719 - $52,106
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$52K
MEDIAN: $35,090
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$11.86 - $22.45
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,719 - $52,106  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
Total Pay (?
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$24,698 - $49,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $22.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.52  
Overtime
$8.21 - $32.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,976  
   
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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$24,698 - $49,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,182
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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

  • 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.
  • Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
  • Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.

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At the upper end, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who move into a Speech-Language Pathologist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Speech-Language Pathologists is a much higher $61K per year. Typical career progression for an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist involves becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Behavior Analyst, roles that pay $24K more and $19K more on average.

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

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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $58K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Spanish Language
up arrow 18%

ABA
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

Autism
up arrow 9%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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