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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in South Carolina

In 2008, South Carolina passed the Autism Insurance Reform Law (also known as Ryan’s Law) to improve access to essential services such as applied behavior analysis for children with autism. Under the updated law, insurance plans in the state are required to cover therapy for autistic children under 16, including ABA therapy. Insurance companies are allowed to limit their coverage of ABA to $50,000 annually, but the law has helped improve access to care for hundreds of children and was a boon for applied behavior analysts who work independently and in private practices. (Autism Votes, 2008)

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South Carolina’s updated insurance laws not only allow autistic children to receive the support they need, but aptly support applied behavior analysts by expanding opportunities and earning potential.

In addition to public health departments and other government agencies, school districts, and for-profit private practice, applied behavior analysts have the option to work for non-profits like Project Hope Foundation, a South Carolina nonprofit that offers free ABA services to autistic children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford the therapy.

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

Shown here are 2016 average salaries for first-year ABAs just entering the field in South Carolina’s six largest cities, broken down by employment sector:

Columbia:

  • Company—$48,334
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,073
  • School District— $45,454
  • Government, State & Local— $47,530
  • Private Practice—$47,821

Charleston:

  • Company—$49,417
  • Non-Profit Organization—$46,302
  • School District— $47,072
  • Government, State & Local— $49,025
  • Private Practice—$48,849

North Charleston:

  • Company—$49,762
  • Non-Profit Organization—$46,573
  • School District—$47,461
  • Government, State & Local— $49,199
  • Private Practice—$49,339

Mount Pleasant:

  • Company—$48,589
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,492
  • School District— $46,011
  • Government, State & Local— $47,929
  • Private Practice—$48,221

Rock Hill:

  • Company—$46,357
  • Non-Profit Organization—$43,189
  • School District— $43,470
  • Government, State & Local— $45,547
  • Private Practice—$45,815

Greenville:

  • Company—$48,447
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,411
  • School District— $46,219
  • Government, State & Local— $47,938
  • Private Practice—$48,150

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

Shown here are 2016 average salaries for ABAs with ten years of experience in South Carolina’s six largest cities, broken down by employment sector:

Columbia:

  • Company—$59,529
  • Non-Profit Organization—$55,525
  • School District— $56,065
  • Government, State & Local— $58,592
  • Private Practice—$58,881

Charleston:

  • Company—$57,675
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,048
  • School District— $55,036
  • Government, State & Local— $57,081
  • Private Practice—$57,197

North Charleston:

  • Company—$57,675
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,048
  • School District—$55,036
  • Government, State & Local— $57,081
  • Private Practice—$57,197

Mount Pleasant:

  • Company—$56,853
  • Non-Profit Organization—$53,244
  • School District— $53,937
  • Government, State & Local— $56,400
  • Private Practice—$56,147

Rock Hill:

  • Company—$59,191
  • Non-Profit Organization—$55,166
  • School District— $55,581
  • Government, State & Local— $58,181
  • Private Practice—$58,485

Greenville:

  • Company—$60,419
  • Non-Profit Organization—$56,649
  • School District—$57,724
  • Government, State & Local— $59,830
  • Private Practice—$60,033

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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