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 $15.46 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.80 per hour on the lower end to $22.57 on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — roughly two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,467 - $52,783
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$24K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,636
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$11.80 - $22.57
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,467 - $52,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,923  
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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$24,574 - $50,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $22.57  
   
Overtime
$4.25 - $30.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,923  
   
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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$24,574 - $50,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 926
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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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As Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists transition into upper-level roles such as Speech-Language Pathologist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Speech-Language Pathologists earn $60K on average per year. 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Activities for Children, Oral / Verbal Communication, Childhood Education, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Word is a skill commonly found among those who know Microsoft Excel.

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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Activities for Children
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Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 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
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 41%
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