Earnings for Behavior Therapists in the United States come in at around $16.09 per hour on average. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Behavior Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than two-fifths are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over a half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,306 - $54,706
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$25K
$36K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,336
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$12.17 - $20.61
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,306 - $54,706  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,156  
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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$25,433 - $47,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.17 - $20.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.79  
Overtime
$15.90 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,156  
   
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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$25,433 - $47,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 465
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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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At the upper end, Behavior Therapists who move into a Board Certified Behavior Analyst role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Board Certified Behavior Analysts is a much higher $58K per year.

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Although The Center for Autism and Related Disorders hands out the lowest average salary in town at $25K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $21K or as much as $42K.

Pay by Experience Level for Behavior Therapist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $38K. Behavior Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $42K.

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 28%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Functional Analysis
up arrow 17%

Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Activities for Children
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

ABA
up arrow 1%

Data Collection
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 4%

Childhood Education
up arrow 5%

ABA therapy
up arrow 6%

Data Analysis
up arrow 7%

Applied Behavior analysis
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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