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Behavior Specialist Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Behavior Specialists are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $39K per year. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $57K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair portion have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Behavior Specialists are women (75 percent). Job satisfaction for Behavior Specialists is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Behavior Specialist Salary (?
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$28,007 - $55,380
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MEDIAN: $39,108
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Behavior Specialist Salary (?
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$10.80 - $28.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,007 - $55,380  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$25,555 - $56,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $28.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$25,555 - $56,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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Job Description for Behavior Specialist

  • 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Functional Analysis and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 5 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis. Experience with Counseling is often linked with knowledge of Functional Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $34K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Behavior Specialists see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $40K by contrast. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, most land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Pittsburgh
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Baltimore
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National Average
$38,000
Los Angeles
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Buffalo
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Behavior Specialists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Behavior Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+6 percent) and Baltimore (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Buffalo.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$38,000
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Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

National Average
$38,000
Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 25%