Behavior Therapist Salary

Earnings for Behavior Therapists in the United States come in at around $15.94 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $12.20 per hour, and the top verges on $20.55. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. The majority of Behavior Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Female Behavior Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,814 - $52,681
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$25K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,382
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$12.20 - $20.55
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$24,814 - $52,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $745  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$25,401 - $47,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $20.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.79  
Overtime
$0.00 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $745  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$25,401 - $47,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 427
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Job Description for Behavior Therapist

Behavior therapists work in clinics and assist with the treatment of various mental disorders using behavioral techniques. They may work with different types of clients, but individuals this position often deal with children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Behavior therapists may also be found in schools and substance abuse clinics, where they use behavioral therapies to help people find alternatives and strategies for dealing with substance abuse. Individuals in this position may work with a client one on one; however, they often also work with the patient’s family members to help the family members learn how to best interact with the client and support their growth.

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Behavior Therapist Tasks

  • Devise appropriate and individual treatment plans to individuals or groups of patients.
  • Evaluate and document patients' progress.
  • Provide treatment to patients with techniques to modify and replace behaviors in a home, community, or clinic environment.

Common Career Paths for Behavior Therapist


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For Behavior Therapists, progressing to a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst can earn $57K annually.

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The Center for Autism and Related Disorders reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $29K) but some workers make up to $40K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.


Behavior Therapists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in ABA, Activities for Children, Counseling, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis and Childhood Education.

Behavior Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Behavior Therapist?

Behavior Therapist in Austin:
"Rewarding But Not Financially."
Pros: It is very rewarding doing therapy with these kids. However, I feel eventually I will have to find a job that pays more because I need a livable wage. It will be hard to leave this phenomenal staff and amazing kids but I won't have a choice soon.
Cons: Sporatic hours and no guarantee of hours. It is good for those who have parents or spouses for additional financial help. If you don't have this financially this job is draining.

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Experience Affects Behavior Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

ABA
up arrow 5%

Activities for Children
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$34,000

Applied Behavior analysis
up arrow 2%

Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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