Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in New Mexico

Experienced board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA®s) in New Mexico can earn salaries as high as $101,980 a year, according to 2021 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

New Mexico’s autism community applauded Governor Bill Richardson when he signed SB 39 into law on April 3, 2009—World Autism Awareness Day. This new regulation required insurance companies to provide coverage of medically necessary, evidence-based autism therapies, including ABA. New Mexico was the 9th state in the country to enact this type of reform.

Insurance companies must cover up to $36,000 a year in treatment costs for children until they reach 19 or 22 if the person is enrolled in high school. This value is adjusted for inflation.

While intensive ABA therapy has been shown to dramatically improve autistic children’s level of function, its cost was prohibitive for many families. This law enables families to get treatment for their autistic children and also improves the opportunities for ABAs to practice in the private sector.

Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation expanding coverage to include public employees in April 2013. Such employees as public school teachers, municipal employees, and other state workers were previously unable to obtain insurance coverage to treat their autistic children.

Salaries for Experienced BCBA®s in New Mexico 

The range of salaries for board-certified behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the field are shown below (median to top 10% – current as of May, 2021): 

  • 50th: $101,980 
  • 75th: $114,360 
  • 90th: $120,540 
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Starting Salaries for Behavior Analysts in New Mexico 

The most highly paid BCBA®s in New Mexico who lack job experience in the field of behavior analysis can command salaries that exceed the median salary among highly experienced BCBA®s in the state. Salary data shown below for entry-level ABAs is current as of May 2021 (10th percentile to median): 

  • 10th: $26,350 
  • 25th: $46,430 
  • 50th: $101,980 

2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and employment figures for Psychologists, All Other reflect national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed January 2023. 

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