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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Hawaii

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in Hawaii can earn up to $100,000 a year. The median salary among ABAs was $64,803 as of December 2016. ABAs in the state routinely enjoy an annual salary increase of more than $1,300 a year on average over the course of their career.

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Applied behavior analysis is widely recognized as the most effective treatment for autism. This treatment is most effective when started at a young age. However, it can be prohibitively expensive to pay for if it is not covered by insurance. Severely afflicted children can require as much as 30 hours of treatment a week.

As of January 1, 2016, insurance policies issued or renewed in Hawaii must provide coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment for individuals under 14 years of age. SB791 also specifies that insurance coverage for ABA treatment will only apply to providers who are board-certified. This statute greatly increases the value of possessing a BCBA® in Hawaii.

Autism Speaks®, a national autism treatment and science nonprofit, provides a list of 18 ABA resources in Hawaii. As of December 2016, those in Honolulu are shown below:

  • Autism Services by Bayada Habilitation
  • Behavior Analysis No Ka Oi, Inc.
  • Easter Seals Hawaii
  • Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Monica Gotreau, BCBA®, LLC
  • Pacific Autism Center

Salary Highlights for BCBA®s in Hawaii

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

  • Experienced ABAs in Hilo earn the highest median salary in the state
  • Experienced ABAs in Honolulu in the 90th percentile employed in school districts earn the highest median salary of all ABAs in this bracket statewide
  • Entry-level ABAs in Honolulu earn the highest median salary in the state, followed closely by those in Kailua
  • The average salary for ABAs in Hilo increased by 32% over a ten-year period equaling an average yearly increase of more than $1,600 a year

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

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

Honolulu – $65,685 – $92,000

  • Companies – $65,531 – $88,000
  • Non-Profits – $63,588 – $85,000
  • School Districts – $70,856 – $100,000
  • Private Practice – $69,542 – $93,000
  • Government – $68,687 – $97,000

Hilo – $66,068 – $91,000

  • Companies – $65,611 – $88,000
  • Non-Profits – $62,018 – $83,000
  • School Districts – $67,133 – $94,000
  • Private Practice – $67,841 – $90,000
  • Government – $67,956 – $95,000

Kailua – $65,916 – $88,000

  • Companies – $64,859 – $85,000
  • Non-Profits – $63,302 – $82,000
  • School Districts – $70,586 – $96,000
  • Private Practice – $67,642 – $88,000
  • Government – $67,508 – $92,000

Waipahu – $62,598 – $83,000

  • Companies – 60,381 – $79,000
  • Non-Profits – $59,466 – $77,000
  • School Districts – $64,077 – $87,000
  • Private Practice – $65,414 – $85,000
  • Government – $64,503 – $88,000

Kaneohe – $63,750 – $84,000

  • Companies – $61,708 – $80,000
  • Non-Profits – $60,423 – $78,000
  • School Districts – $67,319 – $91,000
  • Private Practice – $66,065 – $85,000
  • Government – $65,450 – $89,000

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

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

Honolulu – $53,840 – $75,000

  • Companies – $52,236 – $71,000
  • Non-Profits – $51,347 – $69,000
  • School Districts – $55,273 – $78,000
  • Private Practice – $52,839 – $71,000
  • Government – $53,942 – $76,000

Hilo – $66,068 – $91,000

  • Companies – $52,782 – $71,000
  • Non-Profits – $50,112 – $67,000
  • School Districts – $51,819 – $73,000
  • Private Practice – $51,406 – $69,000
  • Government – $51,602 – $73,000

Kailua – $52,732 – $ 71,000

  • Companies – $53,084 – $70,000
  • Non-Profits – $49,227 – $64,000
  • School Districts – $54,043 – $74,000
  • Private Practice – $52,497 – $69,000
  • Government – $53,350 – $73,000

Waipahu – $49,697 – $66,000

  • Companies – $52,242 – $69,000
  • Non-Profits – $47,290 – $61,000
  • School Districts – $48,293 – $66,000
  • Private Practice – $50,794 – $66,000
  • Government – $50,704 – $69,000

Kaneohe – $50,925 – $67,000

  • Companies – $51,035 – $67,000
  • Non-Profits – $48,168 – $62,000
  • School Districts – $52,394 – $71,000
  • Private Practice – $51,498 – $67,000
  • Government – 451,882 – $71,000

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 Hawaii.

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