Behavior Specialist Salary (United States)

Just over a half of Behavior Specialists report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $37,867 annually on average. Pay starts at $25,555 and can approach $56,598 per year on the higher side. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a quarter lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Behavior Specialists make up most of the field at 75 percent. Work is enjoyable for Behavior Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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 (?
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Functional Analysis and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 5 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis. Counseling and Functional Analysis are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries are typically $34K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Behavior Specialists see a slip in salary, bringing in an average of $40K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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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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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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Buffalo, 16 percent below the national average.

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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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$38,000
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Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

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$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%