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Behavior Specialist Salary

Behavior Specialists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $27K to $59K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Behavior Specialists making up 76 percent. The majority of Behavior Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,707 - $56,385
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$56K
MEDIAN: $39,376
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$11.86 - $30.37
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,707 - $56,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,195  
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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$26,636 - $59,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $30.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,195  
   
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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$26,636 - $59,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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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


Behavior Specialists only report a few specific skills. Data Analysis and Functional Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 11 percent, respectively. 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. For Behavior Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. For some reason, Behavior Specialists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $40K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 14%


Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%