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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in North Dakota

It’s an exciting time to be living in North Dakota for those who provide ABA services to manage autism. The state is in the midst of a vibrant campaign to expand insurance coverage to include ABA services provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s).

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BCBA® salaries have already been reinforced since the passage of the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Under this current law those seeking reimbursed treatment for autism have these benefits in North Dakota:

  • Essential health benefits must be covered by all insurance plans
  • Children can be on their parents’ health insurance plan until they are 26 years old
  • Coverage cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions
  • Coverage is provided for preventative services

While the ACA has made general progress in providing reimbursement for autism treatment, currently 46 states have specifically addressed this issue and passed laws recognizing BCBA®s as essential professionals in the treatment of autism. North Dakota is not one of them.

That’s why North Dakotans for Autism Insurance Reform held a meeting in Minot at the end of October in 2016. They are leading a coalition of parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and professional organizations in an effort to convince state lawmakers to enact reforms that would specifically make ABA services provided by BCBA®s covered by insurance. In fact, they already have the basic legislation for this insurance reform drafted.

Once this legislation is passed BCBA®s can expect another windfall as their demand shoots up thanks to new coverage benefits. Right now that passage seems to only be a matter of time as coalition forces coalesce.

As it stands right now BCBA®s earn an average of $59,931 with a decade of experience. That represents a raise of more than $1,250 per year from the average entry-level BCBA® salary in the state.

  • The cities that offer the highest median salaries for entry-level BCBA®s are Williston, Dickinson, and Minot
  • The cities that offer the highest median salaries for BCBA®s with 10 years of experience are Williston, Dickinson, and Minot
  • The sectors with the highest average salaries are company, private practice, and government, except in Williston where education is the highest
  • The largest median salary increase over a BCBA®’s first 10 years of employment was found in Williston

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

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

Fargo – $57,430 – $77,000

  • Company – $60,558
  • Private practice – $59,782
  • Government – $59,570
  • School district – $57,021
  • Non-profit – $56,428

Bismarck – $58,839 – $79,000

  • Company – $60,978
  • Private practice – $60,461
  • Government – $60,224
  • School district – $57,884
  • Non-profit – $57,101

Grand Forks – $55,790 – $75,000

  • Company – $59,384
  • Private practice – $58,598
  • Government – $58,311
  • School district – $55,645
  • Non-profit – $55,258

Minot – $59,380 – $84,000

  • Company – $63,114
  • Government – $62,485
  • Private practice – $62,425
  • School district – $60,029
  • Non-profit – $58,752

Williston – $70,397 – $110,000

  • School district – $73,125
  • Government – $72,380
  • Private practice – $71,659
  • Company – $71,258
  • Non-profit – $67,651

Dickinson – $61,912 – $88,000

  • Company – $64,782
  • Government – $64,572
  • Private practice – $64,406
  • School district – $63,217
  • Non-profit – $60,779

Mandan – $58,877 – $81,000

  • Company – $61,497
  • Private practice – $61,024
  • Government – $60,879
  • School district – $58,739
  • Non-profit – $57,531

Jamestown – $56,825 – $74,000

  • Company – $60,149
  • Private practice – $59,539
  • Government – $59,232
  • School district – $56,737
  • Non-profit – $56,279

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

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

Fargo – $46,094 – $62,000

  • Company – $49,480
  • Private practice – $48,859
  • Government – $48,632
  • School district – $46,523
  • Non-profit – $46,096

Bismarck – $46,470 – $62,000

  • Company – $48,276
  • Private practice – $47,878
  • Government – $47,650
  • School district – $45,771
  • Non-profit – $45,197

Grand Forks – $45,401 – $61,000

  • Company – $47,592
  • Private practice – $46,975
  • Government – $46,695
  • School district – $44,526
  • Non-profit – $44,272

Minot – $47,757 – $68,000

  • Company – $49,759
  • Private practice – $49,229
  • Government – $49,077
  • School district – $47,255
  • Non-profit – $46,298

Williston – $53,563 – $82,000

  • School district – $55,594
  • Government – $55,046
  • Private practice – $54,514
  • Company – $54,200
  • Non-profit – $51,441

Dickinson – $48,708 – $70,000

  • Company – $49,811
  • Government – $49,641
  • Private practice – $49,530
  • School district – $48,571
  • Non-profit – $46,715

Mandan – $47,331 – $65,000

  • Company – $49,444
  • Private practice – $49,077
  • Government – $48,909
  • School district – $47,154
  • Non-profit – $46,242

Jamestown – $43,382 – $57,000

  • Company – $45,297
  • Private practice – $44,844
  • Government – $44,595
  • School district – $42,692
  • Non-profit – $42,375

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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