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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in New Mexico

After ten years in the field, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s) in New Mexico can earn up to $88,000 a year, enjoying an incremental salary increase of nearly $1,000 a year over the ten-year period.

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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 Board Certified Behavior Analysts in New Mexico’s Largest Cities

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

Albuquerque – $62,176 – $84,000

  • Private Practice – $64,187
  • Companies – $64,122
  • Government – $63,554
  • Non-Profits – $62,037
  • School Districts – $61,696

Las Cruces – $55,822 – $76,000

  • Companies – $58,936
  • Government – $58,093
  • Private Practice – $56,750
  • Non-Profits – $56,417
  • School Districts – $55,137

Rio Rancho – $60,379 – $82,000

  • Companies – $65,310
  • Private Practice – $63,790
  • Government – $62,373
  • Non-Profits – $60,832
  • School Districts – $60,007

Santa Fe – $59,686 – $79,000

  • Companies – $64,219
  • Government – $63,483
  • Private Practice – $61,304
  • School Districts – $60,938
  • Non-Profits – $60,465

Roswell – $46,086 – $62,000

  • Government – $58,670
  • Companies – $58,569
  • Non-Profits – $57,300
  • Private Practice – $57,193
  • School Districts – $56,272

Farmington – $58,872 – $81,000

  • Companies – $62,043
  • School Districts – $60,717
  • Private Practice – $60,106
  • Non-Profits – $59,430
  • Government – $58,788

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

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

Albuquerque – $51,696 – $70,000

  • Government – $54,809
  • Companies – $52,749
  • School Districts – $52,639
  • Private Practice – $51,661
  • Non-Profits – $49,932

Las Cruces – $46,811 – $64,000

  • Government – $48.017
  • Non-Profits – $47,392
  • School Districts – $46,516
  • Companies – $46,507
  • Private Practice – $45,737

Rio Rancho – $50,705 – $69,000

  • Government – $53,542
  • Private Practice – $51,443
  • Companies – $51,342
  • School Districts – $49,198
  • Non-Profits – $45,955

Santa Fe – $49,338 – $66,000

  • Government – $51,755
  • Private Practice – $50,556
  • School Districts – $50,220
  • Non-Profits – $48,631
  • Companies – $48,072

Roswell – $46,086 – $62,000

  • Private Practice – $49,034
  • Companies – $48,505
  • Government – $47,525
  • School Districts – $47,436
  • Non-Profits – $45,398

Farmington – $47,437 – $65,000

  • Companies – $51,079
  • School Districts – $50,476
  • Government – $49,002
  • Private Practice – $48,815
  • Non-Profits – $45,642

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 Mexico.

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