Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Pennsylvania

Organizations like the non-profit ABA in PA Initiative, among other groups, have been working tirelessly to influence policy and improve access to applied behavior analysis therapy. Their efforts have been focused on seeing to it that all major insurance providers recognize ABA as an effective co-treatment modality for patients with developmental and behavioral issues that can be used alongside other therapies like speech-language pathology and occupational therapy. The goal has been to make ABA therapy more accessible to clients as well as to allow ABAs to legally share information and strategies with a team of therapists.

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Thanks to their efforts, applied behavior analysis is now a treatment modality that is eligible for Medicaid coverage. Medicaid’s coverage of ABA not only allows applied behavior analysts to treat a population that would not otherwise be able to afford therapy, but increases opportunities and earning potential for ABAs working with public health departments, as well as independent practitioners and those employed in private practices.

The number of autistic children in Pennsylvania has risen significantly over the past decade—in 1999, Pennsylvania was home to 4,039 students diagnosed with autism, but by 2013 that number had increased to 27,449 (US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, 2015). This demand for applied behavior analysis therapy has created new opportunities for ABAs in salaried positions with the state’s school districts.

Salary Figures For Board Certified Applied Behavior Analysts With Ten Years of Experience in Pennsylvania

Shown here is the average salary for ABAs with ten years of experience in the field in Pennsylvania’s six largest cities, broken down by employment sector:

Philadelphia:

  • Company— $64,389
  • Non-Profit Organization—$60,959
  • School District— $63,182
  • Government, State & Local— $64,459
  • Private Practice—$64,407

Pittsburgh:

  • Company—$59,554
  • Non-Profit Organization—$55,763
  • School District— $56,624
  • Government, State & Local— $58,847
  • Private Practice—$59,078

Allentown:

  • Company—$62,772
  • Non-Profit Organization—$59,120
  • School District— $60,972
  • Government, State & Local— $62,554
  • Private Practice—$62,527

Erie:

  • Company—$55,719
  • Non-Profit Organization—$51,878
  • School District— $52,017
  • Government, State & Local— $54,652
  • Private Practice—$55,025

Scranton:

  • Company—$58,181
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,152
  • School District— $54,572
  • Government, State & Local— $57,150
  • Private Practice—$57,414

Lancaster:

  • Company—$58,486
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,997
  • School District— $55,925
  • Government, State & Local— $57,921
  • Private Practice—$58,077

Salary Figures For Board Certified Applied Behavior Analysts Starting Their Careers in Pennsylvania

Shown here is the average salary for first-year ABAs just entering the field in Pennsylvania’s six largest cities, broken down by employment sector:

Philadelphia:

  • Company—$52,749
  • Non-Profit Organization: $49,932
  • School District— $51,699
  • Government, State & Local— $52,769
  • Private Practice—$53,013

Pittsburgh:

  • Company—$49,452
  • Non-Profit Organization—$46,291
  • School District— $46,942
  • Government, State & Local— $48,820
  • Private Practice—$49,072

Allentown:

  • Company—$51,611
  • Non-Profit Organization—$48,600
  • School District—$50,064
  • Government, State & Local— $51,393
  • Private Practice—$51,423

Erie:

  • Company—$47,601
  • Non-Profit Organization—$44,304
  • School District— $44,356
  • Government, State & Local— $46,638
  • Private Practice—$47,024

Scranton:

  • Company—$48,018
  • Non-Profit Organization—$44,681
  • School District— $44,973
  • Government, State & Local— $47,129
  • Private Practice—$47,398

Lancaster:

  • Company—$50,138
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,145
  • School District— $47,883
  • Government, State & Local— $49,607
  • Private Practice—$49,803

Salary data for entry-level and experienced applied behavior analysts was sourced from PayScale.com in December 2016. Using its daily-updated database of salary profiles, PayScale’s proprietary algorithms provide access to real-time salary information.

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