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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in North Carolina

Legislation passed in 2015 has bolstered the salary prospects for Board Certified Behavior Analysis providing autism treatment in North Carolina. This event marked, “a historic day for North Carolina and the 65,000 plus families affected by autism in our state,” according to the Autism Society of North Carolina.

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Effective July 1, 2016 this legislation requires the following types of insurance plans to reimburse treatment for autism:

  • Large group plans
  • Grandfathered plans for individuals and small groups
  • Transitional plans for individuals and small groups that have been in effect prior to 2014
  • The North Carolina State Employee Health Plan which covers over 600,000 people
  • Commercial market coverage that includes 600,000 people
  • Certain corporate coverage plans, including Bank of America’s

The types of autism treatment covered include those provided by BCBA®s. The law specifically refers to adaptive behavior treatment, which includes applied behavior analysis. Insurance companies are required to pay for up to $40,000 of approved ABA treatment per person each year up to an age limit of 18 years old.

With a decade of work experience BCBA®s in North Carolina earn an average salary of $57,646. That’s more than a raise of $1,000 each year from the entry-level.

  • Cary offers the highest median salary, followed by Durham and Raleigh for entry-level BCBA®s
  • Cary offers the highest median salary, followed by Raleigh and Charlotte for BCBA®s with 10 years of experience
  • Charlotte has the largest salary increase over a BCBA®’s first 10 years, followed by Cary
  • The sectors that offer the highest average salaries are company, private practice, and government

Salaries for Experienced Behavior Analyst in North Carolina’s Major Cities

Shown here are salary figures for BCBA®s with 10-years of experience in North Carolina’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).

Charlotte – $59,681 – $78,000

  • Company – $62,912
  • Private practice – $62,827
  • Government – $62,796
  • School district – $61,260
  • Non-profit – $59,426

Raleigh – $59,957 – $79,000

  • Company – $63,260
  • Government – $63,020
  • Private practice – $63,009
  • School district – $61,356
  • Non-profit – $59,617

Greensboro – $57,044 – $75,000

  • Company – $60,857
  • Private practice – $60,458
  • Government – $60,251
  • School district – $58,108
  • Non-profit – $57,107

Durham – $57,587 – $75,000

  • Company – $60,169
  • Private practice – $59,983
  • Government – $59,942
  • School district – $58,316
  • Non-profit – $56,761

Winston-Salem – $56,618 – $75,000

  • Company – $59,321
  • Private practice – $58,898
  • Government – $58,690
  • School district – $56,531
  • Non-profit – $55,600

Fayetteville – $54,866 – $75,000

  • Company – $57,126
  • Private practice – $56,629
  • Government – $56,373
  • School district – $54,055
  • Non-profit – $53,321

Cary – $64,570 – $85,000

  • Company – $67,756
  • Government – $67,682
  • Private practice – $67,612
  • School district – $66,213
  • Non-profit – $63,959

Wilmington – $55,498 – $74,000

  • Company – $59,256
  • Private practice – $58,650
  • Government – $58,456
  • School district – $56,149
  • Non-profit – $55,287

High Point – $54,979 – $72,000

  • Company – $58,906
  • Private practice – $58,352
  • Government – $58,144
  • School district – $55,855
  • Non-profit – $55,147

Greenville – $55,664 – $74,000

  • Company – $58,554
  • Private practice – $57,846
  • Government – $57,723
  • School district – $55,356
  • Non-profit – $54,686

Starting Salaries for Board Certified Behavior Analyst in North Carolina by City

Shown here are entry-level BCBA® salary figures for the largest cities in North Carolina 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).

Charlotte – $44,214 – $62,000

  • Company – $49,766
  • Private practice – $49,709
  • Government – $49,648
  • Non-profit – $46,998
  • School district – $48,403

Raleigh – $47,693 – $63,000

  • Company – $49,226
  • Private practice – $49,041
  • Government – $49,013
  • School district – $47,697
  • Non-profit – $46,385

Greensboro – $46,348 – $61,000

  • Company – $48,311
  • Private practice – $48,007
  • Government – $47,797
  • School district – $46,070
  • Non-profit – $45,325

Durham – $47,778 – $63,000

  • Company – $49,003
  • Private practice – $48,864
  • Government – $48,783
  • School district – $47,433
  • Non-profit – $46,219

Winston-Salem – $46,989 – $62,000

  • Company – $48,078
  • Private practice – $47,748
  • Government – $47,528
  • School district – $45,752
  • Non-profit – $45,052

Fayetteville – $44,700 – $61,000

  • Company – $47,899
  • Private practice – $47,500
  • Government – $47,215
  • School district – $45,229
  • Non-profit – $44,689

Cary – $49,510 – $66,000

  • Company – $51,332
  • Government – $51,258
  • Private practice – $51,233
  • School district – $50,118
  • Non-profit – $48,446

Wilmington – $47,035 – $63,000

  • Company – $48,169
  • Private practice – $47,690
  • Government – $47,474
  • School district – $45,568
  • Non-profit – $44,929

High Point – $45,486 – $60,000

  • Company – $47,485
  • Private practice – $47,051
  • Government – $46,835
  • School district – $44,966
  • Non-profit – $44,447

Greenville – $45,528 – $61,000

  • Company – $48,017
  • Private practice – $47,532
  • Government – $47,296
  • School district – $45,324
  • Non-profit – $44,832

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.

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