An Applied Behavior Specialist earns an average wage of $17.46 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$34,493 - $65,985
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MEDIAN: $45,166
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National Salary Data (?
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$34,493 - $65,985  
   
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$30,194 - $59,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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$20.95  
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$30,194 - $59,910  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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Job Description for Applied Behavior Specialist

An applied behavior specialist works with individuals who have some difficulty processing proper behavioral responses to external stimuli. Such patients may present with diagnoses such as autism, Asperger's syndrome, or other mental or psychological conditions. The applied behavior specialist analyzes abnormal behavioral patterns and responses and then works to help the patient and their families to devise treatment strategies based on understanding triggers, responses and patterns.

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Applied Behavior Specialist 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.

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Experience Affects Applied Behavior Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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