An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist earns an average wage of $15.55 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this career. A skill in Childhood Education is associated with high pay for this job.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Total Pay (?
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$24,247 - $51,236
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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Total Pay (?
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$12.06 - $22.97
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$24,247 - $51,236  
   
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$0.00 - $1,497  
Total Pay (?
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$25,007 - $50,487  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $22.97  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $30.10  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $1,497  
   
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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$25,007 - $50,487  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
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$33,000
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Experience Affects Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Childhood Education
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$33,000
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Gender
Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
0%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 38%
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