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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.56 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than one-half. The majority of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$24,445 - $51,745
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$24,445 - $51,745  
   
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$0.00 - $1,497  
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$25,179 - $50,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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$12.15 - $23.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.72  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,497  
   
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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$25,179 - $50,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,027
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The average Speech-Language Pathologist bring home $60K per year. Behavior Analysts or Board Certified Behavior Analysts are common next-step roles for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Behavior Analysts is $18K higher on average, and it's $24K higher for Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $32K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $73K.

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

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 328 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 39%