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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Behavior Technician Salary

$35,864 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$17.24 hourly

Entry level Salary
$27,000 yearly
$27,000
10 %
$35,864
Median
$46,000
90 %

How much does a Behavior Technician make?

Behavior technicians make $35,864 per year on average, or $17.24 per hour, in the United States. Behavior technicians on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $46,000.

Location impacts how much a behavior technician can expect to make. Behavior technicians make the most in Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

Highest Paying States For Behavior Technicians

The darker areas on the map show where behavior technicians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Behavior Technician average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$69,399$33.36119
2Hawaii$48,918$23.5291
3West Virginia$40,161$19.31146
4Massachusetts$40,806$19.62912
5Connecticut$39,250$18.87355
6New Jersey$40,198$19.33754
7Maine$36,951$17.76146
8Indiana$36,203$17.41643
9Arkansas$35,132$16.89306
10North Dakota$38,453$18.4970
11Illinois$37,185$17.881,219
12Vermont$38,141$18.3467
13Rhode Island$37,546$18.05101
14Mississippi$39,792$19.13134
15Iowa$36,092$17.35329
16Florida$35,548$17.091,628
17Montana$35,966$17.29106
18Alabama$33,863$16.28462
19Maryland$38,281$18.40508
20South Carolina$35,398$17.02364
21Georgia$35,268$16.96966
22California$38,881$18.692,102
23New York$37,513$18.041,021
24Virginia$36,975$17.78735
25North Carolina$35,078$16.86713
26Oregon$37,759$18.15205
27Michigan$34,389$16.53623
28New Hampshire$35,839$17.23112
29Wisconsin$32,344$15.55664
30Washington$37,068$17.82385
31Texas$34,493$16.581,791
32Tennessee$32,237$15.50553
33Nebraska$34,341$16.51146
34District of Columbia$37,967$18.2574
35Delaware$34,066$16.38112
36Minnesota$34,761$16.71450
37Arizona$30,428$14.63720
38South Dakota$30,170$14.50106
39Colorado$32,108$15.44560
40Ohio$31,894$15.33675
41Pennsylvania$29,745$14.301,158
42Kansas$32,177$15.47186
43New Mexico$31,491$15.14141
44Missouri$29,597$14.23540
45Louisiana$29,165$14.02284
46Wyoming$30,374$14.6039
47Oklahoma$30,706$14.76197
48Utah$24,412$11.74297
49Kentucky$28,755$13.82266
50Nevada$27,305$13.13136
51Idaho$20,785$9.9984

Highest Paying Cities For Behavior Technicians

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Boston, MA$40,736$19.58
2Elizabeth, NJ$40,196$19.32
3Fairfield, CA$39,563$19.02
4Fairfield, CT$39,363$18.92
5Burbank, IL$37,238$17.90
6Bloomington, IN$36,110$17.36
7Atlanta, GA$35,217$16.93
8Pasadena, TX$34,949$16.80
9Minneapolis, MN$34,741$16.70
10Brookfield, WI$32,435$15.59
11Denver, CO$32,130$15.45
12Fairfield, OH$31,597$15.19
13Glendale, AZ$30,360$14.60

Behavior Technician Salary Details

Behavior Technician Salary

What is a Behavior Technician's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
75th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
Average$35,864$2,989$17
25th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15
10th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Mental Health Nurse$59,692$4,974$28.7086,884
Therapist$52,984$4,415$25.47159,770
Clinical Therapist$51,566$4,297$24.79136,898
In Home Therapist$47,492$3,958$22.83113,993
Outpatient Physical Therapist$49,674$4,139$23.88119,973
ABA Therapist$36,263$3,022$17.4390,516

Which Companies Pay Behavior Technicians The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, University of Washington and AdventHealth are the highest paying companies for behavior technicians.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1University of Washington$52,290$25.148
2AdventHealth$49,915$24.00112
3BAYADA Home Health Care$48,820$23.4791
4Easterseals$46,136$22.18132
5Washington State University$46,114$22.17
6Center for Autism and Related Disorders$40,811$19.6230
7Denver Public Schools$40,271$19.365
8Seattle Children's Healthcare System$40,127$19.293
9University of North Texas$39,396$18.94
10Parkview Health$39,111$18.8032
11Union County Public Schools$39,027$18.764
12Oregon Health & Science University$38,682$18.603
13Apollo International$38,326$18.43
14Blue Bird$37,932$18.244
15Broward Children’s Center$37,669$18.112
16Torrance Unified School District$37,539$18.051
17WellSpan Health$37,491$18.0212
18Maxim Healthcare Group$37,483$18.02240
19Vanderbilt University Medical Center$37,274$17.926
20HCR ManorCare$36,963$17.7777

Behavior Technician Salary Trends

Average Behavior Technician Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Behavior Technician Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$35,900$17.24+3.6%
    2021$34,600$16.63+2.7%
    2020$33,700$16.18+3.7%
    2019$32,400$15.59+2.2%
    2018$31,700$15.24-0.5%

    Recently Added Behavior Technician Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Total Spectrum CareBehavior Technician-ABA TherapyCrystal Lake, IL06/02/2022$37,566
    United Therapy CenterBehavior Technician Needed, Part TimePerris, CA06/01/2022$37,566
    ElemyRegistered Behavior Technician (RBT)Jacksonville, FL06/01/2022$35,479
    Waterfall Community Health Center (WCHC)Registered Behavior TechnicianNorth Bend, OR06/01/2022$45,914
    Discover Hope Behavioral Solutions, Inc.Behavior Technician-Rewarding Work With Kids (ABA)San Jose, CA06/01/2022$41,740
    ElemyRegistered Behavior Technician (RBT)Los Angeles, CA06/01/2022$35,479
    Behavioral Health WorksBehavior TechnicianSan Diego, CA06/01/2022$43,827
    Ultimate SustainabilityBehavior TechnicianPlymouth, MN06/01/2022$35,479
    Centria Healthcare LLCBehavior Technician (BT)Vancouver, WA06/01/2022$33,392
    Centria Healthcare LLCBehavior TechnicianGrand Rapids, MI06/01/2022$29,218

    Behavior Technician Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Behavior Technicians the most?

    Alaska pays Behavior Technicians the most in the United States, with an average salary of $69,399 per year, or $33.36 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Behavior Technician?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Behavior Technician if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Hawaii you should be paid close to $48,918 per year.

    What type of Behavior Technician gets paid the most?

    Behavior Analyst gets paid the most. Behavior Analyst made a median salary of $64,464. The best-paid 10 percent make $80,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $51,000.

    How much do behavior technicians make in California?

    Behavior technicians make around $43,000 a year in California. This is about $8,000 more a year than the average $35,000 a year across the United States. However, salary largely depends on where a person works and their experience level.

    How much does a behavior technician make an hour?

    Behavior technicians make between $15 to $17 per hour. This is about $35,000 a year on average. Depending on where a person starts working, their salary range may vary, typically salaries range between $20,000-$45,000 per year.

    Is being a behavior technician hard?

    Yes, being a behavior technician is hard but rewarding work. The work is rewarding, but it can also be challenging as you address problem behaviors and skill deficits with clients.

    Behavior technicians work directly with clients under a supervisor or a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) created this position to make ABA therapy more accessible to people with autism and other developmental disorders, making this position extremely important.

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