Behavior Analyst Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Behavior Analyst is $54,070 per year. A skill in Training Program Development is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Behavior Analyst Total Pay (?
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$36,769 - $75,660
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Behavior Analyst Total Pay (?
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$15.56 - $62.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
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$36,769 - $75,660  
   
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$0.00 - $4,017  
Total Pay (?
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$35,700 - $91,421  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 617
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$15.56 - $62.87  
   
Overtime
$19.05 - $87.83  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$0.00 - $4,017  
   
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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$35,700 - $91,421  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 617
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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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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
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Experienced
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National Average
$55,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Autism
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National Average
$55,000
Program Management
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 142 votes.
Gender
Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
4%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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