Behavior Analyst Salary

For Behavior Analysts, yearly average wages total $55K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Behavior Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. While roughly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The vast majority of Behavior Analysts (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women.

$38,827 - $77,348
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MEDIAN: $55,224
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$14.50 - $61.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,827 - $77,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$34,608 - $91,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 536
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $61.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$7.70 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$34,608 - $91,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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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

  • 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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Popular Skills for Behavior Analyst


Behavior Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. Lucky workers who know Assessment can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 57 percent above average. BCBA and Clinical Supervision are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 12 percent and 57 percent. Those familiar with Functional Analysis also tend to know Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Analyst

Pay by Experience for a Behavior Analyst has a positive trend. An entry-level Behavior Analyst with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 438 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Behavior Analyst with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 255 salaries. An experienced Behavior Analyst which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 139 salaries. A Behavior Analyst with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,326

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Behavior Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Behavior Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and San Diego (+2 percent). Behavior Analysts in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (17 percent lower) and Los Angeles (15 percent lower).

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Behavior Analyst

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Behavior Analyst Salaries

▲28%

▲12%

▲9%

National Average
$55,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
▲57%


BCBA
▲12%





▲1%

National Average
$55,000

Training
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 25%
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