Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Illinois

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in Illinois can earn up to $92,000 a year. The median salary among these experienced ABAs was $62,764 as of December 2016. These professionals enjoyed an annual incremental salary increase of more than $1,200 each year. In addition, the median bonus for ABAs in Illinois is $2,750.

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

  • Experienced ABAs employed with companies in Chicago earn the highest median salary statewide
  • ABAs in Naperville and Rockford obtained the largest yearly increase, averaging more than $1,300 each year

Salaries for Experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts in the Largest Cities in Illinois

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

Chicago – $65,033 – $84,000

  • Companies – $69,081
  • Private Practice – $68,628
  • Government – $68,588
  • School Districts – $65,991
  • Non-Profits – $63,603

Aurora – $63,073 – $82,000

  • Companies – $66,461
  • Government – $65,494
  • Private Practice – $65,174
  • Non-Profits – $61,801
  • School Districts – $62,320

Rockford – $62,068 – $81,000

  • Companies – $65,052
  • Private Practice – $65,082
  • Government – $64,480
  • School Districts – $62,893
  • Non-Profits – $59,326

Joliet – $63,065 – $85,000

  • Companies – $66,766
  • Private Practice – $65,774
  • Government – $65,654
  • School Districts – $63,897
  • Non-Profits – $61,873

Naperville – $65,239 – $84,000

  • Companies – $68,284
  • Private Practice – $68,002
  • Government – $68,001
  • School Districts – $65,328
  • Non-Profits – $64,079

Springfield – $59,329 – $79,000

  • Companies – $62,607
  • Private Practice – $62,508
  • Government – $61,350
  • School Districts – $60,057
  • Non-Profits – $57,296

Peoria – $62,005 – $82,000

  • Government – $64,951
  • Private Practice – $63,431
  • Companies – $63,188
  • School Districts – $62,698
  • Non-Profits – $59,073

Elgin – $62,297 – $81,000

  • Companies – $65,592
  • Government – $64,533
  • School Districts – $63,446
  • Private Practice – $64,300
  • Non-Profits – $61,401

Entry-Level Salaries for Board Certified Behavior Analysts in the Largest Cities in Illinois

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

Chicago – $52,256 – $68,000

  • School Districts – $54,996
  • Companies – $54,812
  • Government – $54,499
  • Private Practice – $54,175
  • Non-Profits – $53,141

Aurora – $50,496 – $66,000

  • Companies – $52,733
  • Private Practice – $52,186
  • School Districts – $52,089
  • Government – $52,040
  • Non-Profits – $51,019

Rockford – $48,679 – $65,000

  • Companies – $52,169
  • Government – $52,169
  • Private Practice – $51,735
  • School Districts – $51,209
  • Non-Profits – $50,158

Joliet – $50,147 – $68,000

  • Companies – $52,307
  • Government – $51,874
  • School Districts – $51,679
  • Private Practice – $51,603
  • Non-Profits – $51,313

Naperville – $51,843 – $67,000

  • Companies – $54,431
  • School Districts – $54,292
  • Government – $54,039
  • Private Practice – $53,440
  • Non-Profits – $52,781

Springfield – $48,679 – $67,000

  • Government – $50,727
  • Companies – $50,446
  • Non-Profits – $48,816
  • Private Practice – $48,776
  • School Districts – $48,491

Peoria – $50,751 – $68,000

  • Companies – $52,296
  • Government – $51,871
  • Private Practice – $51,068
  • School Districts – $50,957
  • Non-Profits – $50,434

Elgin – $48,872 – $65,000

  • Companies – $52,038
  • School Districts – $51,850
  • Private Practice – $51.655
  • Government – $51,274
  • Non-Profits – $50,596

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 Illinois.

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