Behavior Specialist Salary
|Salary||$29,474 - $58,713|
|Bonus||$123.29 - $15,205|
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|$26,279 - $59,213|
|Hourly Rate||$11.71 - $28.84|
|Overtime||$14.87 - $33.09|
|Bonus||$123.29 - $15,205|
|Total Pay (||$26,279 - $59,213|
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.Read More...
Some companies prefer applicants who are licensed by the Board of Certified Behavior Analysts, and those applicants should be able to renew the license as needed. The job is generally performed in a healthcare setting, but may require some traveling in the general area in which the company is located.
Behavior specialists work mostly with patients and individuals with disorders such as autism or OCD. Simply put, their goal is to help patients work through their behavioral issues with various therapies and plans and act as a source of support while the patient undergoes treatment. The behavior specialist will also need to develop plans for support and treatment for each of their clients and maintain progress reports and administer assessments to keep track of their improvement.
Behavior specialists may sometimes work with other specialists to conduct group therapy, but more often will work one-on one-with patients. Above all, they will need to be patient and highly communicative, as patients may be difficult at times.
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
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
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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