Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

The average Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $15.47 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.81 per hour and $22.67. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. There are far more female Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,729 - $53,808
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$25K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $35,865
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$11.81 - $22.67
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,729 - $53,808  
   
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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$24,653 - $50,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $22.67  
   
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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$24,653 - $50,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 930
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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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For Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, progressing to a Speech-Language Pathologist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Speech-Language Pathologist can earn $60K annually. A common career progression for an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or a Behavior Analyst. Compared to Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, the first group earns $25K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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Survey results suggest that Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Microsoft Office. It is not unusual for someone who knows Microsoft Excel to be familiar with 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $32K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $59K.

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
up arrow 1%

Activities for Children
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
62%
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: 31% employee benefits None: 41%
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