Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Median pay for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States is around $15.74 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little less than one-half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more female Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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Salary $24,675 - $50,250
Bonus $97.21 - $2,397
Profit Sharing $525
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$24,888 - $47,931
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 265
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.95 - $22.51
Hourly Tips $0.27
Overtime $12.60 - $33.29
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $97.21 - $2,397
Profit Sharing $525
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$24,888 - $47,931
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,201

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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

  • 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


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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. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists typically move into roles as Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Behavior Analysts, and those positions pay $25K more and $19K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


Many Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists can be found at The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Trumpet, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare, firms that are at the top of the field. For Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, comfortable salaries can be found at Bierman ABA; in fact, median earnings sit around $38K, the highest in the area. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists will also find cushy salaries at Behavior Intervention Services (+$33K), Butterfly Effects (+$32K), and Cornerstone Autism Center (+$32K).

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include The Center for Autism and Related Disorders ($26K), Autism Treatment Center ($31K), and California Psychcare ($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

National Average: $33,064

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, 38 percent above the national average. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+23 percent), Orange (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Reviews

Q: 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 Sumter:
"Very rewarding."
Pros: Seeing the progress the children make over time.
Cons: Low wages.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Los Angeles:
"Amazing work for the patient."
Pros: The kids are just incredible; seeing them grow is very satisfying.
Cons: So far, the pay and lack of benefits.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Anaheim:
"Work flexible."
Pros: The kids smiles and the little changes I see in their behavior.
Cons: The tantrums, the biting, the injuries.

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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Key Stats for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲73%

▲33%

▲19%

National Average
$33,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Data Collection
▲20%

ABA
▲16%

Masters degree
▲10%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲8%

▲6%


Applied Behavior analysis
▲4%



Bilingual
▲1%

Childhood Education
▼0%

Activities for Children
▼0%

National Average
$33,000

Data Entry
▼1%

Spanish Language
▼2%

Clinical Psychology
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 50%
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