Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary
|Salary||$24,494 - $50,644|
|Bonus||$91.23 - $3,375|
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|$24,973 - $48,016|
|Hourly Rate||$12.02 - $22.55|
|Overtime||$11.87 - $32.82|
|Bonus||$91.23 - $3,375|
|Total Pay (||$24,973 - $48,016|
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.Read More...
Applied behavior analysis therapists typically work in a clinical setting or (in some cases) in a patient’s home. They generally work a standard 40-hour week, and their work may be stressful and challenging. Most of their activities occur under the planning and direction of a board certified behavioral consultant. They must maintain current knowledge of the field and attend conferences and workshops to learn new strategies and therapies.
Applied behavior analysis therapists are typically required to hold at least an associate’s degree and often a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as psychology or education. Experience in patient contact and therapy or training, especially with children with autism, is preferred.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Tasks
- Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
- Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist
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 $61K 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 $19K more.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Trumpet, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. Bierman ABA offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $38K. Other big spenders include Behavior Intervention Services, Butterfly Effects, and Cornerstone Autism Center, top-paying firms where Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists see paychecks nearing $33K, $32K, or $32K.
Employees at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare can also expect below-average earnings of $26K, $31K, and $31K.
Pay by Experience Level for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist
Pay by Experience for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,305 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 245 salaries. An experienced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 98 salaries. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 16 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists that is 38 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent), Orange (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Austin (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).
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