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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

The larger portion of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.42 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.73 per hour and $22.79. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a little less than half claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,534 - $52,596
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,113
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$11.73 - $22.79
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$12
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$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,534 - $52,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$24,481 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $22.79  
   
Overtime
$7.00 - $31.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$24,481 - $50,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 851

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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.

Common Career Paths for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who go on to become Speech-Language Pathologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Speech-Language Pathologists is $60K annually. 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 $18K higher, respectively.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Childhood Education, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Childhood Education. Those with knowledge of Microsoft Excel tend to be skilled in Microsoft Word as well.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $53K.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Reviews

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

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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Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 40%
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