It's impossible to make it big as a Behavior Specialists in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Behavior Specialists making up 76 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,441 - $59,754
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MEDIAN: $39,892
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$11.72 - $28.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,441 - $59,754  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $15,000  
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$26,222 - $60,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $28.59  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $32.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$300.00 - $15,000  
   
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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$26,222 - $60,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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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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There are some Behavior Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Board Certified Behavior Analysts, where earnings are an average $58K annually.

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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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Key Stats for Behavior Specialist

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries




National Average
$39,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 5%

Behavior Modification
up arrow 11%

Case Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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