Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salary

The average Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist in the United States earns approximately $15.77 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little less than one-half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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MEDIAN: $34,924
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$0$50K
Salary $24,221 - $50,773
Bonus $97.44 - $2,383
Profit Sharing $525
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$24,979 - $48,724
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 247
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $12.03 - $22.76
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $12.59 - $34.47
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $97.44 - $2,383
Profit Sharing $525
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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$24,979 - $48,724
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,182

Job Description for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapists are primarily responsible for the care and treatment of children with autism. They often provide care in a one-on-one situation, analyzing a child’s specific needs and developing and implementing therapies to address those issues. A variety of speech and language therapies may be used to improve verbal and communication skills. Once communication is established, social skills, cooperation, and common daily activities are addressed. Applied behavior analysis therapists work closely with the families of children with autism to teach them methods of assisting the child in developing life skills. They careful track and analyze the child’s progress and continually inform their board certified behavior consultant (BCBA) manager about the effectiveness of current treatment.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Tasks

  • Perform behavioral analysis assessments and evaluations of patients.
  • Record objectives of planned intervention and maintain patients progress and behaviors.
  • Treat patients based on defined interventions, consult with physicians regarding patient status and progress.
  • Maintain updated knowledge on instruction of ABA, behavior management, and techniques applicable to the patient population.

Common Career Paths for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


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Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists who go on to become Speech-Language Pathologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Speech-Language Pathologists is $61K annually. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Board Certified Behavior Analysts or Behavior Analysts. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist


Dominating the field, The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Cornerstone Autism Center, Trumpet, Autism Treatment Center, and California Psychcare are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists. The biggest paychecks can be found at Bierman ABA — the median salary there is $38K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Behavior Intervention Services, Butterfly Effects, and Cornerstone Autism Center, top-paying firms where Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists rake in a solid $33K, $32K, or $32K, respectively.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Autism Treatment Center and California Psychcare are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $26K, $31K, and $31K.

Pay by Experience Level for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Pay by Experience for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 1,305 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 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 245 salaries. An experienced Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 98 salaries. An Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 16 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,553

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

Home to some of the best pay for Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Applied Behavior Analysis Therapists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+23 percent), Orange (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Indianapolis and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Houston:
"Poor management, High Stress level, great kids."
Pros: I loved helping the kids learn new things each day whether it was showing them appropriate ways to manage their behavior or just teaching them something new.
Cons: We had a lot of management changes that happened. Great company for what they do, but they could of handled their employees better.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Charleston:
"Rewarding but exhausting."
Pros: The few children who have been gifted enough to live in a home with rules and discipline. These children are a lot smarter than some parents give them credit for.
Cons: The low pay and zero compensation for last minute cancellations.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Sumter:
"Very rewarding."
Pros: Seeing the progress the children make over time.
Cons: Low wages.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Los Angeles:
"Amazing work for the patient."
Pros: The kids are just incredible; seeing them grow is very satisfying.
Cons: So far, the pay and lack of benefits.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Anaheim:
"Work flexible."
Pros: The kids smiles and the little changes I see in their behavior.
Cons: The tantrums, the biting, the injuries.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Greenville:
"Work Flexibility, Good Work Relationship With Other Employees."
Pros: I enjoy working with the children and helping them better themselves as individuals.
Cons: The least that I like about my job is the salary.

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Key Stats for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲70%

▲31%

▲17%

National Average
$34,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist Salaries

Data Collection
▲18%

ABA
▲15%

Masters degree
▲9%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▲6%

▲4%


Applied Behavior analysis
▲3%

National Average
$34,000



Bilingual
▼1%

Childhood Education
▼2%

Activities for Children
▼2%

Data Entry
▼2%

Spanish Language
▼4%

Clinical Psychology
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 50%