Behavior Therapist Salary

Behavior Therapists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.97 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.28 per hour on the lower end to $20.34 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. While close to one-half report receiving no health benefits, one-half do receive medical coverage, and about two-fifths have dental, as well. Behavior Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Most Behavior Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,145 - $54,047
$26K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,442
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$12.28 - $20.34
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MEDIAN: $15.97
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$0$54K
Salary $26,145 - $54,047
Bonus $0.00 - $1,100
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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$25,836 - $46,092
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 129
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $12.28 - $20.34
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $15.18 - $28.08
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $0.00 - $1,100
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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$25,836 - $46,092
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 522

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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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Behavior Therapists who advance into the role of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst are fairly uncommon. Board Certified Behavior Analysts on average earn $58K per year.

Behavior Therapist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Behavior Therapist


The Center for Autism and Related Disorders offers the smallest salaries in town — $26K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $23K to $41K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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: $34,283

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

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Behavior Therapists, 24 percent above the national average. Behavior Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oakland (+10 percent), Boston (+7 percent), San Jose (+5 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Fresno and Sacramento earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, 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 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
67%
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%

▲12%

National Average
$34,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Behavior Therapist Salaries

Functional Analysis
▲17%

Bilingual
▲11%

Activities for Children
▲9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲6%

Training
▲3%

Counseling
▲1%

Data Collection
▼0%

National Average
$34,000

Spanish Language
▼1%

ABA
▼2%

Childhood Education
▼5%

ABA therapy
▼6%

Data Analysis
▼7%

Applied Behavior analysis
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 51%
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