Average Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists in the United States make around $15.62 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Female Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While close to one-half report receiving no health benefits, approximately one-half do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $33,810
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,534 - $51,313  
   
Bonus
$98.26 - $3,523  
Profit Sharing
$525  
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$24,762 - $48,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $22.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.52  
Overtime
$12.41 - $33.34  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$98.26 - $3,523  
   
Profit Sharing
$525  
Total Pay (?
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$24,762 - $48,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,289

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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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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 $61K annually. It is quite typical for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists to transition into roles as Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Behavior Analysts, where reported median earnings are $25K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Trumpet, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bierman ABA offers the most; Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists earn $38K on average there. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists will also find cushy salaries at Butterfly Effects (+$32K), Cornerstone Autism Center (+$32K), and Trumpet (+$31K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at 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

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 $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $32,788

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With a pay rate for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists that is 41 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 (+26 percent), Boston (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Bloomington is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Workers in Austin and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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 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
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 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
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National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Data Collection
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ABA
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Autism
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Applied Behavior analysis
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Activities for Children
0%

National Average
$33,000


Spanish Language
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Microsoft Office
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Clinical Psychology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

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: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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