Average Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States make around $15.62 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists are female. Although one-half have medical coverage and close to two-fifths have dental coverage, roughly one-half claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,643 - $51,995
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$25K
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MEDIAN: $33,930
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$11.92 - $22.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,643 - $51,995  
   
Bonus
$97.29 - $3,537  
Profit Sharing
$525  
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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$24,798 - $48,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 285
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $22.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.52  
Overtime
$15.21 - $33.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$97.29 - $3,537  
   
Profit Sharing
$525  
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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$24,798 - $48,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,258
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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. 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 $19K more per year.

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Dominating the field, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Autism Treatment Center, Butterfly Effects, and Bierman ABA are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. Bierman ABA leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $38K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Butterfly Effects at $32K, Cornerstone Autism Center at $32K, and Trumpet, where Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists annually earn $31K.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Autism Treatment Center, and Trumpet also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $27K, $31K, and $31K-paychecks on average.

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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,785

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For Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, New York provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+26 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). In Bloomington, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Miami and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent less).

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

ABA
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Data Collection
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Autism
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Applied Behavior analysis
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Data Analysis
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Bilingual
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Childhood Education
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Spanish Language
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Data Entry
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Clinical Psychology
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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