Behavior Analyst Salary
Behavior Analysts in the United States can expect wages of $54K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Behavior Analysts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The behavior analyst must be well organized and have excellent communication skills. It is important that they work well with a team, as they will be working closely with psychologists as well as other specialists and analysts. The behavior analyst needs to have very good interpersonal skills, as they will be working very closely with children and their families and other loved ones. Excellent problem-solving skills are a must; working with clients to resolve learning problems and develop new plans are essential to the behavior analyst's and client’s success.
To become a behavior analyst a master’s degree in psychology, special education, or a related field is required. Other certifications are needed depending on the state in which the analyst works. Many companies require experience working with clients with disabilities and autistic clients.
Behavior Analyst Tasks
- Assist with intervention and therapeutic program evaluations.
- Participate in the assessment and data analysis of behavioral programs.
- Design, implement and support education and behavioral programs.
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Survey results suggest that Behavior Analysts use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Assessment, Autism, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 59 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Functional Analysis are also skilled in Autism.
Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Analyst
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Behavior Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Behavior Analysts bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Behavior Analysts with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $72K.
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