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Behavior Specialist Salary

Pay for Behavior Specialists in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $26K to $58K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Behavior Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Behavior Specialists survey respondents are women (75 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$28,554 - $55,571
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MEDIAN: $39,504
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$28,554 - $55,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
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$26,322 - $57,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $29.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $49.66  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $1,033  
   
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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$26,322 - $57,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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Job Description for Behavior Specialist

The position of a behavior specialist is employed mainly by healthcare industry companies such as hospitals and assisted living facilities. Many companies are searching for applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science, though a Master's degree is more preferable. Employers also commonly prefer those with at least a year of experience in behavior programming, or a similar role such as behavior intervention.

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Behavior Specialist Tasks

  • Assess individuals, collect data, and write plans including Individualized Education Programs if in an educational environmental with supervisors and psychologist(s)
  • Collect, review, and analyze behavior trends and progress.
  • Manage cases and devise behavioral plans for special education students or individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Specialist


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Behavior Specialists who took the survey. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Data Analysis, Functional Analysis and Counseling abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 3 percent and 14 percent. Many workers who know Counseling also know Functional Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. For Behavior Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Behavior Specialists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $40K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 14%


Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%