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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Georgia

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in Georgia can earn up to $86,000 a year. ABAs in Georgia earned a median salary of $59,079, enjoying an annual incremental salary increase of nearly $850 each year.

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ABA is considered the most effective treatment for autism, but can be prohibitively expensive without insurance. After years of struggling, parents of children with autism in Georgia celebrated as the state became the 41st to require insurance coverage for the treatment of this disorder on April 29, 2015. House Bill 429 passed both chambers unanimously on the final day of the legislative session.

The legislation requires insurance companies to pay up to $30,000 a year to cover treatment for children six and under who have been diagnosed with autism. Insurance coverage for the treatment of autism increases the opportunities for ABAs, since behavior modification is one of the gold standards for autism treatment.

Governor Nathan Deal and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle both took the rare step of testifying in favor of the legislation at a committee meeting. The bill’s passage came amid staunch and unrelenting opposition from some influential business groups according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Small businesses expressed concern that the cost of the treatment could drive up the cost of insurance premiums. State Representative Greg Morris pointed out that the bill is highly cost effective and will save a substantial amount in healthcare costs down the road.

Salary Highlights for BCBA®s in Georgia

Shown below is a summary of the highlights of the salaries among ABAs in the seven largest cities in Georgia (December 2016):

  • Experienced ABAs in Atlanta earn the highest salary statewide – $7,000 more than the state’s average for ABAs with 10 years of experience
  • Entry-level ABAs in Albany earn the highest average salary statewide
  • ABAs in Roswell obtained the largest salary increase in the state over a ten-year period averaging more than $1,600 each year

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

Shown below are the salary figures for applied behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the largest cities in Georgia 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):

Atlanta – $63,591 – $83,000

  • Non-Profits – $66,091
  • Private Practice – $66,091
  • School Districts – $64,694
  • Companies – $64,643
  • Government – $63,353

Columbus – $54,714 – $74,000

  • Government – $58,844
  • Private Practice – $58,053
  • Non-Profits – $56,560
  • School Districts – $56,284
  • Companies – $54,444

Savannah – $55,539 – $74,000

  • Government – $59,666
  • Companies – $58,935
  • Private Practice – $57,938
  • School Districts – $57,360
  • Non-Profits – $56,891

Athens – $53,670 – $72,000

  • Companies – $58,276
  • Government – $56,819
  • Private Practice – $56,578
  • Non-Profits – $55,129
  • School Districts – $54,661

Macon – $53,364 – 73,000

  • Companies – $58,567
  • Government – $58,057
  • Private Practice – $57,500
  • School Districts – $56,074
  • Non-Profits – $55,641

Roswell – $59,677 – $77,000

  • Companies – $62,633
  • Government – $61,361
  • School Districts – $60,957
  • Private Practice – $60,146
  • Non-Profits – $57,618

Albany – $55,253 – $76,000

  • School Districts – $59,924
  • Government – $58,524
  • Companies – $57,809
  • Private Practice – $57,761
  • Non-Profits – $56,528

Entry-Level Salaries for Board Certified Behavior Analysts in Georgia’s Largest Cities

Shown below are the entry-level salary figures for behavior analysts in the largest cities in Georgia 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):

Atlanta – $52,133 – $68,000

  • Companies – $51,944
  • Government – $51,868
  • School Districts – $51,341
  • Private Practice – $50,901
  • Non-Profits – $50,109

Columbus – $44,284 – $60,000

  • Companies – $47,879
  • Government – $48,107
  • School Districts – $47,268
  • Private Practice – $45,420
  • Non-Profits – $44,781

Savannah – $47,342 – $63,000

  • School Districts – $49,889
  • Companies – $49,601
  • Private Practice – $48,128
  • Non-Profits – $47,769
  • Government – $46,376

Athens – $44,520 – $60,000

  • Companies – $48,154
  • Private Practice – $46,630
  • Government – $46,072
  • Non-Profits – $45,949
  • School Districts – $45,730

Macon – $46,258 – $63,000

  • Companies – $47,796
  • School Districts – $47,689
  • Private Practice – $47,496
  • Government – $47,080
  • Non-Profits – $45,215

Roswell – $49,985 – $61,000

  • Private Practice – $49,372
  • Companies – $49,135
  • Government – $49,057
  • School Districts – $47,767
  • Non-Profits – $47,277

Albany – $54,843 – $63,000

  • Government – $47,500
  • Companies – $47,318
  • School Districts – $46,905
  • Private Practice – $45,779
  • Non-Profits – $45,231

Autism Treatment by ABAs in Georgia

Burning Glass Technologies reported that the main skill listed in job postings for BCBA®s was knowledge of autism treatment. ABAs treat this disorder by modifying the behavior of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The CDC collaborates with agencies that work with children who have developmental disabilities. Part of this involves tracking the prevalence of ASD in 8-year olds. Georgia’s survey assessed nearly 50,000 children in metropolitan Atlanta (Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Clayton Counties).

The results identified that 1 in 64 children had ASD as of 2012. While 41% of the children had average or above average intelligence, more than one third were diagnosed with an intellectual disability. These findings can be used in a number of ways:

  • Promote early ID of ASD
  • Plan for ASD services and training
  • Inform policies that promote improved outcomes in education and healthcare for individuals with ASD
  • Guide future ASD research

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 Georgia.

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