Behavior Specialist Salary

Those pursuing careers as Behavior Specialists in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K per year. Earnings generally vary between $27K and $61K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Behavior Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,080 - $59,142

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$11.83 - $31.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,080 - $59,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
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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$26,525 - $61,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $31.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$26,525 - $61,446  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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. Most notably, facility with Childhood Education, Data Analysis, and Functional Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $40K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 38%

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%


Counseling
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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