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. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Behavior Specialists survey respondents are women (77 percent). While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Behavior Specialists — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,474 - $58,713
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$59K
MEDIAN: $39,927
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$11.71 - $28.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,474 - $58,713  
   
Bonus
$123.29 - $15,205  
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$26,279 - $59,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $33.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$123.29 - $15,205  
   
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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$26,279 - $59,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 319

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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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Advancing into a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role seems to be a popular career move for Behavior Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Crisis Intervention and Functional Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management, Behavior Modification, and Training. Aptitude in Counseling tends to also indicate an understanding of Functional Analysis.

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: $38,646

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, 65 percent above the national average. Behavior Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Scranton (+17 percent), San Jose (+16 percent), and Providence (+15 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Behavior Specialists is geography, with workers in Duluth earning a whopping 39 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Buffalo and 12 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

▲30%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$39,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Crisis Intervention
▲20%



▲1%

National Average
$39,000

Data Analysis
▼4%

Training
▼6%

Behavior Modification
▼11%

Case Management
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 26%
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