Behavior Specialist Salary

Behavior Specialists in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K annually. Pay generally varies between $26K and $61K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Behavior Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Female Behavior Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,911 - $58,434
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$29K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $39,501
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$11.80 - $30.52
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$12
$17
$31
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,911 - $58,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
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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$26,467 - $60,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $30.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
   
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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$26,467 - $60,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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.

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Popular Skills for Behavior Specialist


Survey takers who work as Behavior Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Data Analysis and Functional Analysis are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Counseling are typically practiced in Functional Analysis, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Behavior Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $40K.

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Experience Affects Behavior Specialist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 13%


Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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