Behavior Analyst Salary

Average Behavior Analysts in the United States make around $54K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession — roughly a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Behavior Analysts is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,909 - $76,346
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$39K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,752
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$15.68 - $69.95
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,909 - $76,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,008  
Profit Sharing
$9,250 - $15,769  
Total Pay (?
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$37,586 - $95,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 652
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Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $69.95  
   
Overtime
$19.60 - $88.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,008  
   
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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$37,586 - $95,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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 imply that Behavior Analysts put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Clinical Supervision, Assessment, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 20 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Functional Analysis also know Autism.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Analyst

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


For Behavior Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $50K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Behavior Analysts make a median salary of $65K. As Behavior Analysts reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $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 17%


National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 40%

Assessment
up arrow 20%



Autism
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National Average
$55,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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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