Median pay for Behavior Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.08 per hour. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of Behavior Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a little less than one-half lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly two in five get dental coverage, too. Behavior Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$25,382 - $54,075
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$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,964
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$12.14 - $20.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,382 - $54,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,186  
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$25,396 - $47,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.14 - $20.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.79  
Overtime
$15.21 - $34.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,186  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,396 - $47,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 485

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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

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

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Behavior Therapists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The average Board Certified Behavior Analyst brings home $58K per year.

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The Center for Autism and Related Disorders doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $26K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $41K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Therapist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Behavior Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $42K by contrast.

Behavior Therapist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Behavior Therapist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Behavior Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Functional Analysis
up arrow 17%

Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Activities for Children
up arrow 9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

ABA
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 1%

Data Collection
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

ABA therapy
up arrow 6%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Applied Behavior analysis
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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