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.

$38,581 - $77,757
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MEDIAN: $54,499
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$14.64 - $62.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,581 - $77,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,734  
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$34,339 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 529
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $62.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$8.07 - $88.08  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,734  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,339 - $92,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239

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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


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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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 71 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Behavior Analyst Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
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Autism
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BCBA
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National Average
$55,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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