Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.48 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.83 per hour on the low end to $22.74 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists is high. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$11.83 - $22.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,772 - $53,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
Total Pay (?
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$24,692 - $50,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $22.74  
   
Overtime
$4.25 - $31.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
   
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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$24,692 - $50,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 953
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Speech-Language Pathologist. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. When Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Behavior Analysts. Those roles pay an additional $24K and $18K, respectively.

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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Activities for Children, Oral / Verbal Communication, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office and Data Analysis. Those with knowledge of Microsoft Excel tend to be skilled in 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $40K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $62K on average.

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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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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National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Childhood Education
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Bilingual
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 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: 31% employee benefits None: 41%
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