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Behavior Analyst Salary

Median pay for Behavior Analysts in the United States is around $54K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Behavior Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The vast majority of Behavior Analysts (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women.

$38,849 - $75,818
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$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,703
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$16.01 - $66.66
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,849 - $75,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,021  
Profit Sharing
$9,250 - $15,769  
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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$37,837 - $94,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 619
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$16.01 - $66.66  
   
Overtime
$19.72 - $88.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,250 - $15,769  
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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$37,837 - $94,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233
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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 results show that Behavior Analysts use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Assessment, Training Program Development, Functional Analysis, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 20 percent. 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.


For many Behavior Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. Behavior Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $75K.

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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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
up arrow 20%



Autism
up arrow 1%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Training
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 24%
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