An average Behavior Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Behavior Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high.

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MEDIAN: $53,920
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$14.73 - $62.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$38,359 - $76,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,533  
Total Pay (?
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$34,565 - $91,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$14.73 - $62.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$8.30 - $86.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,533  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,565 - $91,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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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 Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Assessment, BCBA, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 61 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Behavior Analysts. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $59K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Behavior Analysts who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran 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




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Analyst Salaries

Assessment
up arrow 61%

BCBA
up arrow 14%


Autism
up arrow 13%



Training Program Development
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$54,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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