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Behavior Therapist Salary

Behavior Therapists in the United States take home approximately $16.00 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $12.38 per hour and $20.86. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Behavior Therapists are female. Although approximately two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,638 - $52,285
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,804
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$12.38 - $20.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,638 - $52,285  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$26,349 - $48,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $20.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$26,349 - $48,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
United States (change)

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.

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Typical Behavior Therapists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in ABA, Applied Behavior analysis, Counseling, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is above average.

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 36%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Applied Behavior analysis
up arrow 6%

ABA
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 41%