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Behavior Therapist Salary

The average Behavior Therapist in the United States earns approximately $16.07 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.25 per hour and $20.82. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Behavior Therapists (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but a little more than half have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Behavior Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,978 - $52,213
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$27K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $35,724
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$12.25 - $20.82
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,978 - $52,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $958  
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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$25,780 - $49,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $20.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $958  
   
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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$25,780 - $49,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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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Survey results suggest that Behavior Therapists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Applied Behavior analysis, ABA, Training, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis.

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 27%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Applied Behavior analysis
up arrow 6%

ABA
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 42%
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