Behavior Therapist Salary (United States)

A Behavior Therapist earns an average wage of $15.87 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.
Behavior Therapist Salary (?
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$27,480 - $54,808
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,638
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Behavior Therapist Salary (?
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$12.32 - $20.98
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,480 - $54,808  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$26,132 - $49,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $20.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$26,132 - $49,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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$34,000
Los Angeles
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Miami
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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 46%
Mid-Career
up arrow 6%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

ABA
up arrow 7%
Counseling
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Spanish Language
0%
National Average
$34,000
Data Analysis
up arrow 2%
Applied Behavior analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 39%