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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Connecticut

With ten years of experience, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®) in Connecticut can earn up to $110,000 a year, enjoying a salary increase of more than $1,100 a year on average throughout their career.

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Applied behavior analysts (ABAs) are exceptionally well paid in Stamford which had by far the highest average salary in the state for both entry-level and experienced behavior analysts. Experienced ABAs in Stamford earned a median salary of $75,376.

The Behavior Analysis Leadership Council reported that the number of ABAs practicing in Connecticut is increasing by about one-quarter each year. The Council also reported that 489 ABAs lived in Connecticut as of January 2016. In addition, a number of additional ABAs commute into the state. Estimates suggest that more than 600 of these professionals practiced in Connecticut at that time.

Insurance Coverage for the Treatment of Autism Creates New Opportunities for ABAs in Private Practice

Burning Glass Technologies reported that knowledge of autism treatment is the most highly sought job skill listed in postings for ABAs. The behavior modification techniques practiced by ABAs are widely considered the most effective treatment for autism. However, intensive treatment can be highly expensive and unaffordable for families whose insurance policies do not cover ABA therapy.

Insurance coverage for the treatment of autism increases the opportunity for ABAs to practice in the private sector, either independently or as employees in private practices. In 2008, Connecticut passed two Public Acts on behalf of the state’s residents who have autism spectrum disorder. One requires insurance companies to pay for autism therapies, while the other requires special education for individuals with autism. Both group and individual health insurance policies must provide this coverage.

ABAs in Connecticut must possess the BCBA® to provide behavioral therapy. Connecticut values this credential so highly that it is a felony to claim to be an ABA without the proper certification.

Salaries for Experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts in Connecticut’s Largest Cities

Shown below are the salary figures for applied behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the largest cities in Connecticut by sector. Each list provides the overall salary range (from median to 90th percentile) for each city, followed by the median salary for a number of employment sectors (December 2016):

Stamford – $75,376 – $100,000

  • Government – $76,518
  • School Districts – $75,715
  • Companies – $74,710
  • Private Practice – $73,463
  • Non-Profits – $71,237

Norwalk – $69,259 – $93,000

  • Private Practice – $71,699
  • Government – $71,551
  • Companies – $71,323
  • School Districts – $69,599
  • Non-Profits – $67,407

Hartford – $67,287 – $89,000

  • Companies – $71,033
  • Government – $70,351
  • School Districts – $69,688
  • Private Practice – $68,363
  • Non-Profits – $64,114

New Haven – $65,740 – $88,000

  • Government – $69,332
  • School Districts – $68,523
  • Private Practice – $68,341
  • Companies – $68,186
  • Non-Profits – $65,323

Bridgeport – $64,626 – 487,000

  • Companies – $68,527
  • School Districts – $67,351
  • Government – $67,140
  • Private Practice – $66,641
  • Non-Profits – $64,728

Waterbury – $61,954 – $83,000

  • Private Practice – $67.115
  • Companies – $66,560
  • Government – $65,790
  • School Districts – $65,399
  • Non-Profits – $62,605

Salaries for New BCBA®s in Connecticut’s Largest Cities

Shown below are the entry-level salary figures for behavior analysts in the largest cities in Connecticut by sector. Each list provides the overall salary range (from median to 90th percentile) for each city, followed by the median salary for a number of employment sectors (December 2016):

Stamford – $60,714 – $85,000

  • School Districts – $62,749
  • Companies – $60,845
  • Government – $60,559
  • Private Practice – $59,166
  • Non-Profits – $55,740

Norwalk – $58,265 – $79,000

  • Government – $58.686
  • School Districts – $57,322
  • Companies – $57,268
  • Private Practice – $56,817
  • Non-Profits – $52,695

Hartford – $54,855 – $73,000

  • School Districts – $56,934
  • Government – $55,392
  • Companies – $54,988
  • Private Practice – $54,282
  • Non-Profits – $53,574

Bridgeport – $54,827 – $74,000

  • Government – $54,687
  • Companies – $53,670
  • Private Practice – $53,546
  • School Districts – $55,396
  • Non-Profits – $49.831

New Haven – $53,881 – $73,000

  • Government – $56,515
  • School Districts – $55,896
  • Private Practice – $55,019
  • Companies – $54,873
  • Non-Profits – $53,433

Waterbury – $53,166 – $71,000

  • Companies – $55,676
  • Government – $53,935
  • School Districts – $52,933
  • Private Practice – $51,766
  • Non-Profits – $51,077

Intervention Resources for Autism in Connecticut

The introduction of insurance coverage for autism treatment in Connecticut resulted in a number of independent providers who hire ABAs to provide treatment. Autism Speaks®, the country’s largest autism advocacy and science organization, displayed the resources to treat autism in Connecticut as of November 2016. The organization identified 51 providers who can be found throughout the state. Those in the largest cities included:

Stamford:

  • Abilis
  • Children’s Academy CT
  • Connec-to-Talk, LLC
  • The Collaborative Center for Learning & Development
  • The Social Enrichment and Educational Development (SEED) Center

Hartford:

  • Positive Reinforcement (PR) ABA Therapy, Inc.
  • River Street Autism Program
  • Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analysts

New Haven:

  • Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services

Norwalk:

  • ABA Provider Services
  • TheraCare’s Academy for Young Minds

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 Connecticut.

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