Behavior Specialist Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Behavior Specialists in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Compensation ranges between $27K and $60K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Approximately one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Behavior Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,336 - $56,955
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,604
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$11.89 - $31.33
(Median)
$12
$17
$31
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,336 - $56,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$26,632 - $60,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $31.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$26,632 - $60,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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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.

Common Career Paths for Behavior Specialist


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Behavior Specialists who transition into a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $57K per year.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Specialist


Behavior Specialists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Functional Analysis, Counseling, and Childhood Education are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Childhood Education. Those with knowledge of Counseling tend to be skilled in Functional Analysis as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. On average, Behavior Specialists make $44K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $39K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
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National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 14%


Counseling
0%

National Average
$39,000

Childhood Education
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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