Behavior Specialists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Behavior Specialists survey respondents are women (78 percent). While roughly a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most Behavior Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,760 - $59,415
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$30K
$40K
$59K
MEDIAN: $39,960
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$11.58 - $30.94
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,760 - $59,415  
   
Bonus
$124.16 - $12,080  
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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$26,306 - $60,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $30.94  
   
Overtime
$15.07 - $30.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$124.16 - $12,080  
   
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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$26,306 - $60,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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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.

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


Behavior Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Functional Analysis, Data Analysis, Childhood Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Behavior Modification and Training. 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.


Behavior Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $37K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Behavior Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Behavior Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%



National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries


Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$39,000

Training
up arrow 4%

Behavior Modification
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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