Behavior Analyst Salary

Behavior Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Female Behavior Analysts make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Work is enjoyable for Behavior Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$38,620 - $76,316
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$15.35 - $69.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,620 - $76,316  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,017  
Profit Sharing
$15,370  
Total Pay (?
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$36,332 - $94,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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Hourly Rate
$15.35 - $69.87  
   
Overtime
$23.49 - $87.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$15,370  
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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$36,332 - $94,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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Job Description for Behavior Analyst

Behavior analysts teach support professionals, teachers, and parents how to implement behavior support plans, skills, and procedures. They instruct others on how to collect data and create a therapeutic environment. They write reports and curricula, as well as implement plans to better teach support programs. Additionally, the behavior analyst must stay aware of new training and teaching techniques, as well as how clients can implement those techniques. The behavior analyst generally works during regular business hours. However, there may be times when the analyst needs to work overtime or be on call in case of emergencies.

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Behavior Analyst Tasks

  • Design, implement and support education and behavioral programs.
  • Participate in the assessment and data analysis of behavioral programs.
  • Assist with intervention and therapeutic program evaluations.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Analyst


Behavior Analysts generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Assessment, Clinical Supervision, and Functional Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 59 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Functional Analysis also know Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Behavior Analysts, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. Behavior Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Behavior Analysts who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $75K.

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What is it like working as a Behavior Analyst?

Behavior Analyst in San Francisco:
"Challenging And Rewarding."
Pros: There is a great need for a better understanding about how human behavior effects student motivation to learn and acquire knowledge as well as how to maintain appropriate social behaviors in the school setting. Applied behavior analysis provides tools to assist in this research and provides ways to develop effective strategies for teaching and training. I enjoy participating in research in the applied setting and experiencing first hand the successful application of the principles of behavior in the support of student programming.
Cons: Working in an environment serving students with moderate to severe disabilities is an incredibly challenging job that requires a behaviorist to develop expertise in all disabilities that effect learning. Developing individualized interventions for students with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Developmental Disabilities, Conduct Disorders etc takes years of experience. So "learning on the job" and reading scholarly articles in my spare time can sometimes leave me feeling inadequately informed.

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Experience Affects Behavior Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
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BCBA
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Program Development
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Autism
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National Average
$55,000

Training
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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