Behavior Specialist Salary
|Salary||$29,441 - $59,754|
|Bonus||$300.00 - $15,000|
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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).)
|$26,222 - $60,070|
|Hourly Rate||$11.72 - $28.59|
|Overtime||$15.13 - $32.89|
|Bonus||$300.00 - $15,000|
|Total Pay (||$26,222 - $60,070|
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)
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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, Childhood Education, Counseling, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management, Behavior Modification, and Training. Counseling and Functional Analysis are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.
Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Behavior Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. For Behavior Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
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