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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in New Jersey

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in New Jersey can earn up to $100,000 a year, with an average salary increase of nearly $1,200 a year over the course of their career.

  • Experienced ABAs in Jersey City earned the highest salary statewide
  • ABAs in Newark earned the highest entry-level salaries statewide
  • The incremental salary increase over a ten-year period was more than $1,400 a year for ABAs in Jersey City and Clifton
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New Jersey Provides Ground-Breaking Benefits for Those With Autism

On August 13, 2009, New Jersey became the 14th state to enact autism insurance reform. Designed for individuals under 21 with a primary diagnosis of autism, this coverage includes medically necessary behavioral interventions based on the principles of ABA.

New Jersey became the first state in the country to enact ABLE in 2016. Governor Chris Christie signed this legislation that allows families the opportunity to set up tax-free savings accounts modeled after those for college savings. In this case, families can save for expenses related to disabilities such as autism. Both chambers unanimously supported this bill.

Without insurance coverage, ABA therapy for autistic children can be prohibitively expensive, since such treatment for severely afflicted children can cost as much as $50,000 a year. This type of coverage not only benefits patients with autism, it also enhances opportunities for ABAs in the private sector.

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

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

Newark – $66,753 – $91,000

  • Private Practice – $71,675
  • School Districts – $71,612
  • Companies – $70,315
  • Government – $68,795
  • Non-Profits – $66,142

Jersey City – $68,197 – $92,000

  • School Districts – $72,284
  • Government – $70,046
  • Private Practice – $69,900
  • Companies – $69,264
  • Non-Profits – $67,937

Peterson – $63,412 – $85,000

  • School Districts – $67,845
  • Companies – $67,631
  • Private Practice – $66,664
  • Non-Profits – $65,637
  • Government – $65,400

Elizabeth – $54,504 – $84,000

  • School Districts – $67,743
  • Government – $67,200
  • Companies – $66,972
  • Private Practice – $66,946
  • Non-Profits – $63,995

Edison – $66,924 – $88,000

  • Private Practice – $71,402
  • Companies – $70,814
  • School Districts – $70,439
  • Government – $69,422
  • Non-Profits – $65,799

Toms River – $64,279 – $87,000

  • Companies – $67,952
  • Private Practice – $66,893
  • Government – $66,722
  • School Districts – $65,689
  • Non-Profits – $62,692

Trenton – $62,755 – $86,000

  • School Districts – $68,791
  • Companies – $68,401
  • Government – $66,245
  • Private Practice – $66,179
  • Non-Profits – $64,858

Clifton – $65,576 – $86,000

  • Companies – $68,996
  • School Districts – $68,509
  • Government – $67,911
  • Private Practice – $67,352
  • Non-Profits – $65,004

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

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

Newark – $56,581 – $77,000

  • Government – $56,867
  • Companies – $56,777
  • Private Practice – $55,660
  • School Districts – $54,999
  • Non-Profits – $53,618

Jersey City – $53,514 – $73,000

  • Companies – $56,830
  • Government – $56,689
  • Private Practice – $55,958
  • School Districts – $55,397
  • Non-Profits – $54,048

Peterson – $50,702 – $68,000

  • Companies – $55,176
  • School Districts – $53,965
  • Private Practice – $53,824
  • Government – $53,760
  • Non-Profits – $51,759

Elizabeth – $55,213 – $73,000

  • School Districts – $56,089
  • Government – $55,647
  • Companies – $53,973
  • Private Practice – $55,425
  • Non-Profits – $50,951

Edison – $55,213 – $73,000

  • Companies – $55,604
  • School Districts – $55,075
  • Government – $54,797
  • Private Practice – $54,793
  • Non-Profits – $53,420

Toms River – $53,211 – $72,000

  • Companies – $53,117
  • Government – $53,447
  • School Districts – $53,240
  • Private Practice – $53,049
  • Non-Profits – $51,138

Trenton – $62,755 – $86,000

  • Private Practice – $56,915
  • School Districts – $56,228
  • Companies – $55,744
  • Government – $55,162
  • Non-Profits – $52,451

Clifton – $51,102 – $68,000

  • School Districts – $54,554
  • Companies – $54,318
  • Private Practice – $54,121
  • Government – $53,613
  • Non-Profits – $52,487

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 New Jersey.

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