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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $15.40 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.72 per hour, and the top verges on $23.12. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Female Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and a little less than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,446 - $51,802
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$24K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,148
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$11.72 - $23.12
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$12
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,446 - $51,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
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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$24,456 - $50,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $23.12  
   
Overtime
$3.50 - $30.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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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$24,456 - $50,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 800

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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. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists typically move into roles as Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Behavior Analysts, and those positions pay $25K more and $18K more, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Childhood Education, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis and Microsoft Office. Experience with Microsoft Excel is often linked with knowledge of Microsoft Word.

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. On average, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists make $43K following 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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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Childhood Education
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National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Data Analysis
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 40%