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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Alaska

Alaska started requiring that all practicing behavior analysts obtain a license effective September 16, 2016. Before this, the state did not require a license for behavior analysts who had at least five years of experience. The implementation of licensing laws for all ABA practitioners has helped improve the standing of the profession, raised awareness of the many benefits of ABA services, and better positioned professionals to take advantage of recently implemented laws that require insurance providers to cover ABA services.

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In 2012, Alaska started requiring all healthcare insurers to provide coverage for individuals under 21 who have autism spectrum disorder. The coverage includes rehabilitative care such as applied behavioral analysis when provided by a licensed practitioner. This change has helped increased the opportunities available to ABAs who work for private practices or as independent contractors to provide treatment for children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder.

As of 2016, experienced behavior analysts in Alaska command salaries as high as $100,000.

Salaries for Experienced Behavior Analysts in the Major Cities of Alaska

The range of salaries for board-certified behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the field are shown below (median to top 10% – current as of November 2016):

Anchorage:

  • Schools: $73,000 – $96,000
  • Hospitals: $73,000 – $99,000
  • Private Practice: $73,000 – $96,000

Fairbanks:

  • Schools: $71,000 – $97,000
  • Hospitals: $70,000 – $96,000
  • Private Practice: $73,000 – $95,000

Juneau:

  • Schools: $74,000 – $100,000
  • Hospitals: $71,000 – $94,000
  • Private Practice: $73,000 – $95,000

Eagle River:

  • Schools: $74,000 – $100,000
  • Hospitals: $71,000 – $96,000
  • Private Practice: $73,000 – $94,000

Starting Salaries for Behavior Analysts in Alaska’s Major Cities

Salary data shown below for entry-level ABAs is current as of November 2016 (ranges shown are median – 90th percentile):

Anchorage:

  • Schools: $57,000 – $75,000
  • Hospitals: $60,000 – $82,000
  • Private Practice: $57,000 – $75,000

Fairbanks:

  • Schools: $58,000 – $79,000
  • Hospitals: $56,000 – $77,000
  • Private Practice: $56,000 – $73,000

Juneau:

  • Schools: $53,000 – $72,000
  • Hospitals: $56,000 – $75,000
  • Private Practice: $56,000 – $75,000

Eagle River:

  • Schools: $59,000 – $80,000
  • Hospitals: $59,000 – $79,000
  • Private Practice: $59,000 – $77,000

Autism Treatment by ABAs in Alaska

Applied behavior analysts (ABAs) work in a variety of fields that range from studying violence prevention at the CDC to consulting with large companies to improve employee productivity and motivation. However, a large number of ABAs specialize in improving the skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or adults with Asperger’s syndrome.

The CDC estimates that about 1 in 68 children in the US have ASD, creating an enormous need for treatment options. ABAs have been treating autistic children since the early 1960s and research continues to show applied behavior analysis to be the most effective way to treat autism.

Children who get treated early are more likely to enter public schools and become adults who can live independently. ABAs help children to develop such basic skills as looking, learning, and listening to more highly developed behavior patterns such as talking, reading, and understanding another person’s perspective.

Some of the private clinics in Alaska that specialize in treating children with ASD are shown below:

Anchorage area:

  • Alaska Speech & Language Depot, Inc.
  • FUNctional Therapy
  • OT for Children
  • Pediatric Specialty Clinic
  • Rebeka Edge (Eagle River)

Fairbanks area:

  • 4-Star Educational Center
  • Katherine Gardner (Soldotna)
  • Linda Robertson
  • PARENTS
  • Step-In Autism Services of Alaska, LLC

PayScale.com provides detailed information on what applied behavior analysts in various employment settings and with various levels of experience can expect to earn in Alaska.

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