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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Missouri

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in Missouri can earn up to $85,000 a year. The median salary among these experienced applied behavior analysts (ABAs) was $56,859 as of December 2016. In addition, ABAs typically enjoy an incremental salary increase of more than $1,000 a year over the course of their career.

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

  • Experienced and entry-level ABAs in St. Louis earn the highest median salaries in the state
  • Experienced ABAs in private practice in St. Louis earn the highest median salary in the state
  • ABAs in O’Fallon obtained the largest yearly increase in the state, averaging more than $1,100 each year

Missouri Mandates Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatment

ABA intervention has been used to treat autism for decades and is widely considered to be an evidence-based practice. Organizations such as the US Surgeon General and the American Psychological Association strongly advocate for the use of such interventions to modify the behavior of those who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

However, the treatment required to treat ASD can be highly intensive and subsequently prohibitively expensive for families who lack insurance coverage. Effective January 1, 2011, Missouri Statute 376.1224.1 required all group health plans to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of ASD. Such regulations increase the availability of ABA treatment and increase opportunities for behavior analysts who practice independently or within private practices.

Missouri’s regulations are progressive compared to those of some other states. For instance, insurance policies written outside of the state that cover residents of Missouri must provide this coverage. Also, the statutes require that individuals through 18 years of age be covered, while many other states require coverage for young children only.

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

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

Kansas City – $59,448 – $77,000

  • Companies – $62,715
  • Non-Profits – $59,227
  • School Districts – $61,891
  • Private Practice – $61,375
  • Government – $60,799

St. Louis – $61,108 – $80,000

  • Private Practice – $63,763
  • Government – $63,356
  • Companies – $62,112
  • School Districts – $60,769
  • Non-Profits – $57,363

Springfield – $52,672 – $70,000

  • Companies – $57,613
  • Government – $56,668
  • Private Practice – $54,796
  • Non-Profits – $52,974
  • School Districts – $52,825

Independence – $57,788 – $76,000

  • Companies – $60,119
  • Government – $58,779
  • Private Practice – $58,629
  • School Districts – $58,496
  • Non-Profits – $56,535

Columbus – $52,491 – $69,000

  • Companies – $58,115
  • Government – $57,696
  • Private Practice – $56,394
  • Non-Profits – $55,908
  • School Districts – $54,925

Lee’s Summit – $57,157 – $74,000

  • Companies – $60,175
  • Private Practice – $59,626
  • Government – $58,810
  • School Districts – $58,120
  • Non-Profits – $56,885

O’Fallon – $58,833 – $79,000

  • Private Practice – $62,056
  • Companies – $61,687
  • Government – $61,274
  • School Districts – $60,733
  • Non-Profits – $59,845

St. Joseph – $55,376 – $73,000

  • Government – $59,670
  • Companies – $58,968
  • School Districts – $58,104
  • Private Practice – $57,788
  • Non-Profits – $55,353

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

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

Kansas City – $49,394 – $64,000

  • Government – $52,939
  • Companies – $52,078
  • Private Practice – $50,871
  • School Districts – $49,829
  • Non-Profits – $48,897

St. Louis – $49,891 – $58,000

  • Government – $51,859
  • Companies – $50,901
  • School Districts – $50,809
  • Private Practice – $50,490
  • Non-Profits – $48,861

Springfield – $43,555 – $58,000

  • Companies – $46,501
  • Private Practice – $45,901
  • Government – $44,458
  • School Districts – $44,035
  • Non-Profits – $43,001

Independence – $46,883 – $62,000

  • Companies – $50,801
  • Private Practice – $49,089
  • Government – $48,593
  • School Districts – $47,980
  • Non-Profits – $46,669

Columbus – $44,874 – $59,000

  • Private Practice – $47,814
  • Government – $46,398
  • Companies – $45,696
  • School Districts – $45,496
  • Non-Profits – $44,404

Lee’s Summit – $47,289 – $62,000

  • Companies – $50,816
  • Government – $48,721
  • Private Practice – $48,454
  • Non-Profits – $46,930
  • School Districts – $46,470

O’Fallon – $47,082 – $63,000

  • Government – $52,946
  • Companies – $51,520
  • Private Practice – $49,907
  • School Districts – $49,445
  • Non-Profits – $48,165

St. Joseph – $44,463 – $59,000

  • Private Practice – $48,623
  • Companies – $47,404
  • Government – $46,161
  • School Districts – $44,456
  • Non-Profits – $44,412

Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence in Missouri and Early Intervention Resources

A 2016 CDC report on the prevalence of autism throughout the country described monitoring efforts for autistic children in Missouri that focused on eight-year olds. More than 25,000 children in the city of St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin were surveyed in 2012. The program identified 1 in 87 children as having ASD.

St. Louis County is coordinating its monitoring of ASD with the provision of services for young children affected with ASD. This combination creates the opportunity to:

  • Monitor the prevalence of cases diagnosed early
  • Track the children’s progress based on the interventions they receive

The treatment of ASD in children is more effective when started at a young age. The national policy and science organization Autism Speaks® identified 58 resources in Missouri that focus solely on early intervention in children from birth to three years old. Resources in Missouri’s two largest cities are shown below (December 2016):

Kansas City:

  • Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (CTLC)
  • Jake Schieber MA, BCBA® (KC Behavior Analysts)
  • KEEN Kansas City
  • Missing Piece Learning Company
  • Northland Early Education Center
  • Parsimony Behavior Solutions, LLC
  • Partners in Behavioral Milestones
  • Premier Therapy Services
  • Sadowsky Autism Services (SAS)

St. Louis:

  • Easter Seals Midwest
  • Little Kids Preschool
  • Mercy Kids Autism Center
  • Music Therapy for a Better Life, LLC
  • Positive Support for Kid, LLC
  • Louis Arc
  • Mary’s Preschool
  • Synergy Therapy
  • Thrive Autism Solutions

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 Missouri.

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