Behavior Therapist Salary

Behavior Therapists in the United States take home an average $15.97 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Women account for the majority of Behavior Therapists who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around half lack any form of coverage — but close to one-half have medical insurance, and two in five have dental, too. Most Behavior Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,225 - $53,873
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$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,704
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$12.18 - $20.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,225 - $53,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$25,503 - $46,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $20.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$13.91  
Overtime
$15.84 - $27.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$25,503 - $46,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 512

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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.

Common Career Paths for Behavior Therapist


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Many Behavior Therapists move into a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $58K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Behavior Therapist


Offering a median of only $26K, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $23K on the lower end and $41K on the higher end.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Behavior Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Behavior Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 496 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Behavior Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 99 salaries. An experienced Behavior Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 46 salaries. A Behavior Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,150

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Behavior Therapists in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Behavior Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Oakland (+10 percent), Boston (+8 percent), San Jose (+6 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fresno and Sacramento (13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Behavior Therapist Salaries

Experienced
▲31%

Late-Career
▲24%

▲13%

National Average
$34,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Functional Analysis
▲17%

Bilingual
▲12%

Activities for Children
▲9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲7%

Training
▲4%

Counseling
▲1%

Data Collection
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
▼1%

ABA
▼2%

Childhood Education
▼4%

ABA therapy
▼5%

Data Analysis
▼7%

Applied Behavior analysis
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
68%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 50%
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