Behavior Analyst Salary

The average Behavior Analyst in the United States earns approximately $55K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. There are far more female Behavior Analysts who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$38,789 - $78,097
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MEDIAN: $54,682
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
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$38,789 - $78,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,000  
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$34,386 - $90,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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$14.58 - $59.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$7.93 - $59.18  
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$0.00 - $6,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,386 - $90,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 223

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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Assessment, BCBA, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 59 percent, 14 percent, and 13 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.


Behavior Analysts do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. On average, Behavior Analysts make $62K following one to two decades on the job. As Behavior Analysts reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,582

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

For Behavior Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Behavior Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Behavior Analysts earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Behavior Analyst Reviews

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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Behavior Analyst Salaries

▲29%

▲14%

▲11%

National Average
$55,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
▲59%

BCBA
▲14%






▲3%

National Average
$55,000

Training
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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