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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Indiana

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in Indiana can earn up to $84,000 a year, while their overall average salary was $57,427 that year. These experienced applied behavior analysts (ABAs) enjoyed an annual incremental salary increase of $1,000 each year.

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The state of Indiana strictly enforces the certification of ABAs. Since 2009, it has been a Class B misdemeanor to claim to be a certified behavior analyst without holding certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

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

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

Indianapolis – $58,061 – $75,000

  • Government – $61,040
  • Private Practice – $60,654
  • Non-Profits – $59,940
  • School Districts – 59,388
  • Companies – $59,367

Fort Wayne – $56,372 – $73,000

  • Private Practice – $61,158
  • Companies – $60,654
  • Government – $58,760
  • School Districts – $56,863
  • Non-Profits – $56,795

Evansville – $57,399 – $76,000

  • Government – $61,407
  • Private Practice – $61,163
  • Companies – $60,391
  • School Districts – $59,819
  • Non-Profits – $59,684

South Bend – $56,838 – $75,000

  • Companies – $61,714
  • Government – $60,093
  • Private Practice – $59,801
  • School Districts – $58,391
  • Non-Profits – $57,135

Bloomington – $56,107 – $74,000

  • Government – $60,004
  • Companies – $59,968
  • Private Practice – $59,519
  • School Districts – $57,377
  • Non-Profits – $56,750

Gary – $57,013 – $76,000

  • Companies – $61,898
  • Government – $61,362
  • School Districts – $58,439
  • Private Practice – $59,532
  • Non-Profits – $58,244

Carmel – $58,688 – $75,000

  • Government – $62,063
  • Private Practice – $61,183
  • Non-Profits – $60,247
  • School Districts – $60,176
  • Companies – $59,504

Fishers – $58,940 – $78,000

  • Private Practice – $62,226
  • Companies – $61,273
  • Government – $61,589
  • School Districts – $60,635
  • Non-Profits – $60,388

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

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

Indianapolis – $48,026 – $63,000

  • Companies – $50,573
  • Private Practice – $50,371
  • Government – $49,151
  • School Districts – $48,864
  • Non-Profits – $47,532

Fort Wayne – $47,000 – $61,000

  • Government – $48,446
  • Companies – $48,365
  • Private Practice – $47,853
  • Non-Profits – $46,385
  • School Districts – $45,914

Evansville – $46,141 – $62,000

  • Companies – $47,940
  • Private Practice – $47,731
  • Government – $47,714
  • Non-Profits – $47,424
  • School Districts – $46,208

South Bend – $46,331 – $62,000

  • Companies – $49,643
  • Private Practice – $47,643
  • Government – $48,575
  • Non-Profits – $48,534
  • School Districts – $47,396

Bloomington – $46,928 – $62,000

  • Government – $48,177
  • Non-Profits – $48,000
  • Private Practice – $47,106
  • School Districts – $45,849
  • Companies – $46,877

Gary – $46,746 – $62,000

  • Non-Profits – $46,684
  • Government – $48,850
  • School Districts – $48,339
  • Companies – $48,204
  • Private Practice – $46,947

Carmel – $49,032 – $63,000

  • Companies – $51,489
  • Government – $50,393
  • Private Practice – $50,004
  • School Districts – $49,264
  • Non-Profits – $48,924

Fishers – $49,175 – $65,000

  • Companies – $52,008
  • School Districts – $49,937
  • Government – $49,971
  • Private Practice – $49,522
  • Non-Profits – $47,876

Insurance Mandates for Individuals with ASD is a Boon to Independent ABAs

Indiana has been a leader in requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The state began requiring that insurance companies provide coverage for ASD treatment in 2001. Since ABA is widely considered one of the most effective types of treatment for ASD, this type of coverage provides enhanced opportunities for ABAs to practice independently or in small private practices.

However, there are a few exceptions to this requirement. Self-insured companies in which an employer provides its own health plan may choose to exclude coverage for individuals with ASD. Another exception involves employers based in other states that have employees in Indiana. If the home state of the company does not mandate coverage for ASD treatment, the employer is not required to provide this coverage to its employees in Indiana.

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 Indiana.

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