Behavior Analyst Salary

An average Behavior Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Behavior Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too.

$38,982 - $76,236

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$15.78 - $69.32

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,982 - $76,236  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,989  
Profit Sharing
$9,250 - $15,769  
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$37,525 - $95,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 671
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Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $69.32  
   
Overtime
$19.60 - $88.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,250 - $15,769  
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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$37,525 - $95,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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


Survey results suggest that Behavior Analysts put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Assessment, and Functional Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 20 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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 Behavior Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. Behavior Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Behavior Analysts who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $74K.

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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
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 44%

Assessment
up arrow 20%



Autism
0%

National Average
$55,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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