Behavior Therapist Salary

Behavior Therapists in the United States take home an average $15.94 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $12.20 per hour and $20.55. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Behavior Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a little more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Behavior Therapists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,814 - $52,681
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,382
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$12.20 - $20.55
(Median)
$12
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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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Behavior Therapists who transition into a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $57K per year.

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Offering only $29K on average, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $21K on the lower end and $40K on the higher end.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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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