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Behavior Analyst Salary

For Behavior Analysts, yearly average wages total $54K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Behavior Analysts who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too.
$38,487 - $75,819
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MEDIAN: $53,892
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$16.20 - $64.00
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Salary
$38,487 - $75,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,036  
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$37,177 - $94,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 526
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$16.20 - $64.00  
   
Overtime
$24.00 - $87.83  
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$0.00 - $4,036  
   
Total Pay (?
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$37,177 - $94,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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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 takers who work as Behavior Analysts usually report a few specific skills. Training Program Development and Functional Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Functional Analysis indicates knowledge of Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Analyst

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


Behavior Analysts with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $59K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Behavior Analysts see a median salary of $65K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Behavior Analysts reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $74K.

Behavior Analyst Reviews

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 33%

Experienced
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National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries



Autism
0%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 24%