Behavior Specialist Salary

Behavior Specialists in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Most Behavior Specialists survey respondents are women (77 percent). For the most part, Behavior Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,503 - $58,753
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$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,321
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$11.86 - $28.38
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$0$59K
Salary $29,503 - $58,753
Bonus $126.71 - $14,795
Total Pay (?
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$26,718 - $59,056
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 383
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $11.86 - $28.38
Overtime $14.93 - $32.98
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $126.71 - $14,795
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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$26,718 - $59,056
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 341

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Behavior Specialist


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Behavior Specialists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Specialist


Survey results imply that Behavior Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Crisis Intervention, Functional Analysis, Childhood Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management, Behavior Modification, and Training. Counseling and Functional Analysis are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Behavior Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Behavior Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 375 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Behavior Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 200 salaries. An experienced Behavior Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 127 salaries. A Behavior Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,108

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

For those looking to make money, Behavior Specialists in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Behavior Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Scranton (+16 percent), San Jose (+15 percent), and Providence (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Behavior Specialists in Duluth earning a whopping 40 percent below the national average. Buffalo and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a Behavior Specialist?

Behavior Specialist in Atlanta:
"It's a wonderful job!"
Pros: Interacting with the kids!
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Key Stats for Behavior Specialist

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

▲28%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$39,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Crisis Intervention
▲19%



▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Data Analysis
▼5%

Training
▼7%

Behavior Modification
▼12%

Case Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 27%
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