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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Behavioral Specialist Salary

$46,510 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

$22.36 hourly

Entry level Salary
$30,000 yearly
$30,000
10 %
$46,510
Median
$71,000
90 %

How much does a Behavioral Specialist make?

Behavioral specialists make $46,510 per year on average, or $22.36 per hour, in the United States. Behavioral specialists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $30,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $71,000.

Location impacts how much a behavioral specialist can expect to make. Behavioral specialists make the most in Alaska, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New York.

Highest Paying States For Behavioral Specialists

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

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Behavioral Specialist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$92,438$44.44165
2Pennsylvania$61,848$29.731,893
3Maryland$60,901$29.281,078
4New York$57,673$27.732,141
5Rhode Island$56,919$27.36165
6Massachusetts$53,772$25.852,073
7New Hampshire$59,732$28.72193
8Maine$49,240$23.67299
9Connecticut$55,146$26.51427
10Delaware$56,805$27.31140
11New Jersey$54,866$26.381,004
12Michigan$48,973$23.541,012
13Vermont$51,333$24.68100
14Hawaii$52,228$25.11150
15Mississippi$50,444$24.25221
16West Virginia$49,939$24.01159
17North Carolina$51,688$24.85961
18California$48,526$23.333,983
19Alabama$50,317$24.19353
20District of Columbia$55,642$26.75160
21Florida$42,148$20.262,129
22Illinois$43,566$20.951,517
23Ohio$46,015$22.121,058
24Nevada$42,918$20.63263
25Louisiana$42,933$20.64394
26Georgia$45,145$21.701,093
27South Carolina$44,091$21.20488
28Kentucky$45,341$21.80346
29New Mexico$40,024$19.24256
30Texas$42,875$20.612,287
31Arkansas$40,409$19.43321
32Indiana$41,465$19.94718
33Oregon$40,260$19.36557
34Nebraska$35,010$16.83330
35Arizona$36,014$17.31902
36Washington$37,450$18.001,078
37Virginia$43,501$20.91990
38Oklahoma$34,153$16.42386
39Tennessee$37,747$18.15594
40Iowa$31,484$15.14502
41Kansas$38,114$18.32307
42Wisconsin$38,935$18.72544
43Missouri$35,510$17.07646
44Wyoming$26,747$12.8683
45Montana$23,691$11.39182
46Minnesota$33,208$15.97803
47Colorado$32,591$15.67730
48North Dakota$31,472$15.13111
49Idaho$28,104$13.51214
50Utah$31,158$14.98371
51South Dakota$28,034$13.48126

Highest Paying Cities For Behavioral Specialists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Anchorage, AK$93,168$44.79
2Philadelphia, PA$62,148$29.88
3Baltimore, MD$61,088$29.37
4Concord, NH$59,361$28.54
5New York, NY$57,860$27.82
6Washington, DC$55,717$26.79
7Marlborough, MA$53,830$25.88
8Mobile, AL$51,375$24.70
9Oakland, CA$50,346$24.20
10Atlanta, GA$45,024$21.65
11Columbia, SC$44,196$21.25
12Blacksburg, VA$41,653$20.03
13Salem, OR$40,906$19.67
14Seattle, WA$38,933$18.72
15Maricopa, AZ$36,276$17.44

Behavioral Specialist Salary Details

Behavioral Specialist Salary

What is a Behavioral Specialist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
75th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
Average$46,510$3,876$22
25th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18
10th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Youth Advocate$34,926$2,910$16.7978,437
Program Counselor$36,447$3,037$17.52133,491
Youth Counselor$35,242$2,937$16.9478,461
Youth Worker$32,644$2,720$15.6987,360
Clinical Social Worker$57,199$4,767$27.50124,816
Behavioral Technician$34,102$2,842$16.4045,287

Which Companies Pay Behavioral Specialists The Most?

The highest paying companies for behavioral specialists are City of San Antonio and City of Reno according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Lake County and Easterseals report highly competitive wages for behavioral specialists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1City of San Antonio$60,564$29.125
2City of Reno$57,661$27.726
3Lake County$56,368$27.1044
4Easterseals$53,625$25.78158
5PruittHealth$52,551$25.266
6Springfield City Library$50,789$24.42
7Passavant Memorial Homes$50,754$24.4011
8University of Nebraska Medical Center$50,418$24.2423
9Rady Children's Hospital And Health Center$49,265$23.6932
10UPMC$48,561$23.35199
11Frontline$48,444$23.29
12Boston Public Schools$48,210$23.1815
13Wethersfield High School$47,731$22.95
14KIPP DC$47,676$22.9216
15LHC Group$47,565$22.874
16East Alabama Health$47,183$22.6814
17New Jersey Institute of Technology$46,883$22.543
18Orange County High School$46,862$22.539
19Pasco$46,609$22.41
20Kaiser Permanente$46,595$22.40101

How Much Do Behavioral Specialists Make In Different Industries?

Behavioral specialist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the government, education, and professional industries tend to offer much higher salaries for behavioral specialists. For example, behavioral specialists make a whopping average salary of $48,207 while working in the government industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $46,796 in the education industry and $44,104 in the professional industry.

Behavioral specialists may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $41,814.

Highest Paying Industries For Behavioral Specialists

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Government$48,207$23.18
2Education$46,796$22.50
3Professional$44,104$21.20
4Health Care$42,499$20.43
5Non Profits$41,814$20.10

High Paying Behavioral Specialist Jobs

Behavioral Specialist Salary Trends

Average Behavioral Specialist Salary Over Time

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

    Behavioral Specialist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$46,500$22.36+3.0%
    2021$45,100$21.68+2.4%
    2020$44,000$21.17+2.4%
    2019$42,900$20.65+1.9%
    2018$42,100$20.25+2.7%

    Recently Added Behavioral Specialist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    CFG Health NetworkBehavioral Care Specialist 1St. Shift ExcelCamden, NJ06/02/2022$40,697
    Center for Social DynamicsBehavior Specialist-Bilingual Spanish & EnglishWoodburn, OR06/01/2022$41,740
    Center for Social DynamicsBehavior Specialist-Bilingual Spanish & EnglishLos Angeles, CA06/01/2022$41,740
    College Nannies, Sitters + TutorsSummer Behavioral Specialist for Bellevue 10Yo and 12YoBellevue, WA05/31/2022$58,436
    Idea Public SchoolsBehavior Specialist (Immediate Opening)Weslaco, TX05/31/2022$57,100
    Easterseals Southern CaliforniaBehavior SpecialistAnaheim, CA05/31/2022$41,740
    Salem-Keizer School DistrictBehavior Specialist/Instructional Mentor-Starts School YearSalem, OR05/30/2022$44,806
    Sunny DaysBehavior Specialist (ABA Therapy)Poway, CA05/30/2022$37,566
    St. Louis ArcCommunity Behavioral Specialist-LiftSaint Louis, MO05/28/2022$43,827
    AppleoneBehavioral SpecialistHowell, NJ05/27/2022$52,175

    Behavioral Specialist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Behavioral Specialists the most?

    Alaska pays Behavioral Specialists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $92,438 per year, or $44.44 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Behavioral Specialist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Behavioral Specialist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Pennsylvania you should be paid close to $61,848 per year.

    What type of Behavioral Specialist gets paid the most?

    Youth Care Specialist gets paid the most. Youth Care Specialist made a median salary of $66,166. The best-paid 10 percent make $80,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $54,000.

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