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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 $39K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $26K, and the higher rates verge on $60K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Behavior Specialists making up 77 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,848 - $56,920
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,456
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$11.84 - $30.42
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,848 - $56,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,219  
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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$26,452 - $59,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $30.42  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,219  
   
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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$26,452 - $59,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217

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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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Survey takers who work as Behavior Specialists usually report a few specific skills. Data Analysis and Functional Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Counseling tends to also indicate an understanding of Functional Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. For Behavior Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 15%


Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

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%
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