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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 $15.44 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.74 per hour and $22.77. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, around two in five claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,563 - $53,031
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$25K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,274
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$11.74 - $22.77
(Median)
$12
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,563 - $53,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
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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$24,504 - $50,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $22.77  
   
Overtime
$7.14 - $31.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
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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$24,504 - $50,635  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 874

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Speech-Language Pathologist, where median compensation is $60K annually. The most common next step for an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Behavior Analyst. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Microsoft Excel, Childhood Education, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and Microsoft Office. Employees educated in Microsoft Excel are typically practiced in Microsoft Word, too.

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

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


For many Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 41%
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