Average Behavior Technician Salary
$35,000 yearly
$12.50 hourly
Updated July 28, 2021
$27,000
10 %
$35,000
Median
$44,000
90 %
Behavior technicians in the United States make an average salary of $35,079 per year or $16.86 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $44,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Vermont, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Connecticut provide the highest behavior technician salaries.

Average Behavior Technician Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Behavior Technician average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
Alabama
$30,494
$30,494
$14.66
$14.66
Alaska
Alaska
$33,338
$33,338
$16.03
$16.03
Arizona
Arizona
$28,017
$28,017
$13.47
$13.47
Arkansas
Arkansas
$29,171
$29,171
$14.02
$14.02
California
California
$37,078
$37,078
$17.83
$17.83
Colorado
Colorado
$32,292
$32,292
$15.53
$15.53
Connecticut
Connecticut
$40,031
$40,031
$19.25
$19.25
Delaware
Delaware
$32,440
$32,440
$15.60
$15.60
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
$31,846
$31,846
$15.31
$15.31
Florida
Florida
$32,321
$32,321
$15.54
$15.54
Georgia
Georgia
$30,793
$30,793
$14.80
$14.80
Hawaii
Hawaii
$35,186
$35,186
$16.92
$16.92
Idaho
Idaho
$22,237
$22,237
$10.69
$10.69
Illinois
Illinois
$42,419
$42,419
$20.39
$20.39
Indiana
Indiana
$30,794
$30,794
$14.80
$14.80
Iowa
Iowa
$30,319
$30,319
$14.58
$14.58
Kansas
Kansas
$32,252
$32,252
$15.51
$15.51
Kentucky
Kentucky
$26,577
$26,577
$12.78
$12.78
Louisiana
Louisiana
$29,113
$29,113
$14.00
$14.00
Maine
Maine
$36,259
$36,259
$17.43
$17.43
Maryland
Maryland
$30,553
$30,553
$14.69
$14.69
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
$40,454
$40,454
$19.45
$19.45
Michigan
Michigan
$34,798
$34,798
$16.73
$16.73
Minnesota
Minnesota
$35,808
$35,808
$17.22
$17.22
Mississippi
Mississippi
$33,037
$33,037
$15.88
$15.88
Missouri
Missouri
$29,767
$29,767
$14.31
$14.31
Montana
Montana
$28,639
$28,639
$13.77
$13.77
Nebraska
Nebraska
$32,800
$32,800
$15.77
$15.77
Nevada
Nevada
$25,652
$25,652
$12.33
$12.33
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
$38,945
$38,945
$18.72
$18.72
New Jersey
New Jersey
$44,612
$44,612
$21.45
$21.45
New Mexico
New Mexico
$31,569
$31,569
$15.18
$15.18
New York
New York
$36,274
$36,274
$17.44
$17.44
North Carolina
North Carolina
$33,831
$33,831
$16.26
$16.26
North Dakota
North Dakota
$34,096
$34,096
$16.39
$16.39
Ohio
Ohio
$29,487
$29,487
$14.18
$14.18
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
$27,804
$27,804
$13.37
$13.37
Oregon
Oregon
$38,486
$38,486
$18.50
$18.50
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
$28,751
$28,751
$13.82
$13.82
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
$31,820
$31,820
$15.30
$15.30
South Carolina
South Carolina
$35,226
$35,226
$16.94
$16.94
South Dakota
South Dakota
$29,918
$29,918
$14.38
$14.38
Tennessee
Tennessee
$26,551
$26,551
$12.76
$12.76
Texas
Texas
$32,310
$32,310
$15.53
$15.53
Utah
Utah
$22,633
$22,633
$10.88
$10.88
Vermont
Vermont
$47,062
$47,062
$22.63
$22.63
Virginia
Virginia
$32,274
$32,274
$15.52
$15.52
Washington
Washington
$33,626
$33,626
$16.17
$16.17
West Virginia
West Virginia
$37,840
$37,840
$18.19
$18.19
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
$29,136
$29,136
$14.01
$14.01
Wyoming
Wyoming
$32,204
$32,204
$15.48
$15.48

Highest Paying Cities For Behavior Technician

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Bloomington, IL
Bloomington, IL
$42,153
$42,153
$20.27
$20.27
Worcester, MA
Worcester, MA
$40,530
$40,530
$19.49
$19.49
Norwalk, CT
Norwalk, CT
$40,255
$40,255
$19.35
$19.35
Oakland, CA
Oakland, CA
$38,926
$38,926
$18.71
$18.71
Brentwood, NY
Brentwood, NY
$36,479
$36,479
$17.54
$17.54
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis, MN
$35,785
$35,785
$17.20
$17.20

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Average Behavior Technician Salary Over Time

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    How Much Do Behavior Technicians Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, behavior technician salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that non profits, education, and health care companies tend to offer much higher salaries for behavior technicians. For example, behavior technicians make a whopping average salary of $39,218 while working for non profits companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $38,111 at education companies and $37,831 at health care companies. But behavior technicians may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $37,205.
    IndustryAvg. SalaryRange
    1. Non Profits
    $39,218
    $35k
    $40k
    2. Education
    $38,111
    $35k
    $40k
    3. Health Care
    $37,831
    $35k
    $40k
    4. Manufacturing
    $37,205
    $35k
    $40k

    High Paying Behavior Technician Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Mental Health Nurse

    Avg. salary: $129,254

    A mental health nurse is responsible for assisting with the diagnosis and treatment plans of patients with mental health complications. Mental health nurses handle high-quality nursing care under mental health professionals' supervision within a hospital or mental health institution. They support in performing therapeutic activities, administering medical examinations, and counseling patients to know more about their conditions. A mental health nurse also does administrative tasks as needed, such as organizing and updating patients' information on the database, processing treatment payments, and responding to the family's inquiries and concerns.
    56,795 Mental Health Nurse Jobs
    Therapist

    Avg. salary: $51,305

    A therapist is responsible for improving the patients' health conditions by evaluating their needs and providing physical and mental support. Therapists are licensed, medical professionals who specialize in different areas to perform treatments and bring relief to patients. Some of their duties include diagnosing patient's problems, performing counseling services, monitoring medication progress, customizing therapy activities for pain management, and consulting other health professionals as needed. Therapists must have extensive knowledge with the medical industry to detect patients' conditions easily and provide effective medications.
    92,557 Therapist Jobs
    Clinical Therapist

    Avg. salary: $49,140

    A Clinical Therapist works with patients to help identify, examine, and treat mental health and emotional issues or disorders. They counsel individuals or groups regarding psychological or emotional problems, as well as observe clients to detect indications of abnormal physical or mental behavior.
    80,471 Clinical Therapist Jobs
    In Home Therapist

    Avg. salary: $23,828

    An in-home therapist provides case management, counseling, resource system development, support system development, and crisis intervention services for family members and children. They provide goal-oriented and structured therapy on referral issues for families that help recover from neglect, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or physical abuse. Also, they provide time-limited, goal-oriented, and structured therapy in the families' natural environment for families that need help to recover from neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical abuse.
    54,754 In Home Therapist Jobs
    Outpatient Physical Therapist

    Avg. salary: $54,047

    An outpatient physical therapist specializes in diagnosing and treating a patient's movement dysfunction often caused by an illness or injury. Their responsibilities revolve around studying a patient's medical history, performing initial assessments, crafting a specific care and treatment plan, and discussing the extent of treatments with patients and their families. An outpatient physical therapist may also provide advice to families or guardians on how to assist and care for patients at home, prescribe medication, and perform follow-up consultations.
    56,668 Outpatient Physical Therapist Jobs
    ABA Therapist

    Avg. salary: $31,918

    An ABA therapist is responsible for administering treatment plans to patients with behavioral disabilities and intellectual disorders, supporting them through systematic processes, and recording their developmental progress throughout therapy sessions. ABA therapists develop engaging activities for the children, observing their personal and social behaviors, and adjust approach as needed. They also coordinate with other behavior therapists and other medical health professionals for refined strategies that adhere to the child's progress. An ABA therapist must have excellent communication and organizational skills to assist patients with different behavioral problems and attend to their needs efficiently.
    49,563 ABA Therapist Jobs

    Which Companies Pay Behavior Technicians The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Maxim Healthcare Services and VODEC Vocational Development Center, Inc. -- Omaha as they offer the highest salaries for behavior technicians.
    Company

    Recently Added Behavior Technician Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Cumberland Therapy Services, Inc.
    Cumberland Therapy Services, Inc.
    Behavior Technician (BT)
    Behavior Technician (BT)
    Behavior Technician (BT)
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    06/30/2021
    06/30/2021
    $35,479
    $35,479
    06/30/2021
    Capitol Autism Services
    Capitol Autism Services
    Behavior Technician (9557)
    Behavior Technician (9557)
    Behavior Technician (9557)
    Carson, CA
    Carson, CA
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $34,436
    $34,436
    06/29/2021
    Behavior Technician (BT)
    Behavior Technician (BT)
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/29/2021
    Capitol Autism Services
    Capitol Autism Services
    Behavior Technician (9569)
    Behavior Technician (9569)
    Behavior Technician (9569)
    Columbus, OH
    Columbus, OH
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $29,218
    $29,218
    06/29/2021
    Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
    Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
    Las Vegas, NV
    Las Vegas, NV
    06/29/2021
    06/29/2021
    $41,740
    $41,740
    06/29/2021
    Capitol Autism Services
    Capitol Autism Services
    Behavior Technician-Sandy Springs (9531)
    Behavior Technician-Sandy Springs (9531)
    Behavior Technician-Sandy Springs (9531)
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $33,392
    $33,392
    06/27/2021
    Behavior Technician-Phoenix Central
    Behavior Technician-Phoenix Central
    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Behavior Technician
    Behavior Technician
    Fort Collins, CO
    Fort Collins, CO
    06/27/2021
    06/27/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    06/27/2021
    Learn It Systems
    Learn It Systems
    Behavior Technician
    Behavior Technician
    Behavior Technician
    Sterling Heights, MI
    Sterling Heights, MI
    06/26/2021
    06/26/2021
    $34,436
    $34,436
    06/26/2021
    Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
    Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
    Rohnert Park, CA
    Rohnert Park, CA
    06/25/2021
    06/25/2021
    $41,740
    $41,740
    06/25/2021

    Average Behavior Technician Salary by Demographic

    Behavior Technician Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $40,413
    female-income
    Female Income
    $39,710
    Median Behavior Technician Income by Race
    Asian behavior technicians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White behavior technicians have the lowest average salary at $39,363.
    $42,000
    $41,000
    $40,000
    $39,000
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Unknown
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$39,363
    Black or African American$39,927
    Asian$41,145
    Unknown$39,953
    Hispanic or Latino$39,919
    Average Behavior Technician Salary by Education Level
    Behavior technicians with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $42,262 annually. With a Associate degree, behavior technicians earn a median annual income of $39,710 compared to $36,414 for behavior technicians with an High School Diploma degree.
    $44,000
    $42,000
    $40,000
    $38,000
    $36,000
    $34,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$36,414
    Some College/ Associate Degree$39,710
    Bachelor's Degree$35,684
    Master's Degree$42,262