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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Maine

Maine law enshrines the right of applied behavior analysis to diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, it requires the following types of health insurance plans to provide reimbursement for such activities performed by board certified behavior analysts (BCBA®s) as a service to individuals up to 10 years of age:

  • Group health insurance policies
  • Large employer plans
  • Small employer plans
  • Individual plans
  • All individual and group HMOs (health maintenance organizations)
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Insurance reimbursement allows for up to $36,000 per year for each child with autism. In addition to those plans many other optional health insurance plans provide coverage for the treatment and diagnosis of autism.

The number of Maine’s children with autism has “exploded in the past two decades,” due largely to increasing overall rates and diagnosis techniques notes an article in the Portland Press Herald. By extension the salaries for applied behavior analysts has also skyrocketed. Providing special education services is the second-largest investment school budgets make in Maine.

BCBA®s are also receiving expanded compensation for acting in a supervisory role for assistants who work with autistic students. Legislation passed in 2009 updated the laws about reimbursement for BCBA®s in Maine who are supervising assistant behavior analysts as part of state and federal programs.

With 10 years of experience the median salary among Maine’s eight largest cities is $57,177. That represents more than a $1,000-per-year increase from the median entry-level salary.

Quick Facts for Maine’s BCBA®s in the State’s Eight Largest Cities

  • Portland offers the highest average entry-level salary, followed by Saco
  • Portland offers the highest average salary for those with a decade of experience, followed by Bangor
  • The sectors offering the highest average salaries are company, private practice, and government, in that order

Salaries for Experienced Behavior Analyst in Maine’s Major Cities

Shown here are salary figures for BCBA®s with 10-years of experience in Maine’s largest cities. Each list provides an overall salary range (from median to 90th-percentile) for behavior analysts with 10-years of experience, followed by the average in each employment sector (December 2016).

Portland – 59,699 – $78,000

  • Company – $62,043
  • Private practice – $61,707
  • Government – $61,551
  • School district – $59,606
  • Non-profit – $58,472

Lewiston – $55,961 – $73,000

  • Company – $59,192
  • Private practice – $58,555
  • Government – $58,268
  • School district – $55,796
  • Non-profit – $55,400

Bangor – $58,633 – $78,000

  • Company – $62,752
  • Private practice – $62,209
  • Government – $61,974
  • School district – $59,611
  • Non-profit – $58,763

Auburn – $55,001 – $74,000

  • Company – $59,217
  • Private practice – $58,305
  • Government – $58,072
  • School district – $55,383
  • Non-profit – $55,007

Biddeford – $56,987 – $74,000

  • Company – $58,841
  • Private practice – $58,190
  • Government – $57,834
  • School district – $55,262
  • Non-profit – $54,989

Sanford – $57,625 – $75,000

  • Company – $59,296
  • Private practice – $58,747
  • Government – $58,396
  • School district – $55,969
  • Non-profit – $55,544

Saco – $57,772 – $75,000

  • Company – $59,263
  • Private practice – $58,622
  • Government – $58,326
  • School district – $55,855
  • Non-profit – $55,447

Augusta – $55,740 – $73,000

  • Company – $58,067
  • Private practice – $57,453
  • Government – $57,281
  • School district – $54,994
  • Non-profit – $54,380

Starting Salaries for Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Maine by City

Shown here are entry-level BCBA® salary figures for the largest cities in Maine by sector. Each list provides an overall salary range (from median to 90th-percentile) for each city, followed by the average in each employment sector (December 2016).

Portland – $48,707 – $64,000

  • Company – $49,654
  • Private practice – $49,398
  • Government – $49,234
  • School district – $47,650
  • Non-profit – $46,792

Lewiston – $44,165 – $58,000

  • Company – $45,460
  • Private practice – $44,980
  • Government – $44,734
  • School district – $42,809
  • Non-profit – $42,541

Bangor – $44,620 – $59,000

  • Company – $45,847
  • Private practice – $45,362
  • Government – $45,113
  • School district – $43,177
  • Non-profit – $42,904

Auburn – $43,721 – $59,000

  • Company – $45,497
  • Private practice – $44,805
  • Government – $44,598
  • School district – $42,906
  • Non-profit – $42,251

Biddeford – $47,642 – $62,000

  • Company – $49,144
  • Private practice – $48,616
  • Government – $48,257
  • School district – $46,801
  • Non-profit – $45,916

Sanford – $47,555 – $62,000

  • Company – $48,585
  • Private practice – $48,150
  • Government – $47,807
  • School district – $45,791
  • Non-profit – $45,500

Saco – $47,648 – $62,000

  • Company – $48,561
  • Private practice – $48,050
  • Government – $47,753
  • School district – $45,703
  • Non-profit – $45,425

Augusta – $46,853 – $62,000

  • Company – $48,028
  • Private practice – $47,535
  • Government – $47,338
  • School district – $45,429
  • Non-profit – $44,976

Salary data for entry-level and experienced applied behavior analysts was sourced from PayScale.com in December 2016. Using its daily-updated database of over 54 million salary profiles, PayScale’s proprietary algorithms provide access to real-time salary information.