Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Tennessee

Back in 1999 when the US Department of Education began tracking the number of students with autism in the nation’s public school systems in earnest, there were just over 1,000 students in Tennessee that had been diagnosed with the disorder. By 2014, that number had increased to 8,652 students with autism spectrum disorder enrolled in the state’s special education programs or with individualized education plans. As these numbers rose, so too has the prevalence of jobs for applied behavior analysts in the state’s school districts.

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As of 2016, Tennessee has yet to enact a law requiring that insurance cover applied behavior analysis therapy, as forty-two other states have already done. However, with parents of autistic children, educators and the ABA professional community pushing for reform with the backing of organizations like Autism Speaks, independent applied behavior analysts and small private practices in the state hope to see the state align with most of the rest of the country in terms of how insurance covers ABA therapy.

Although Tennessee does not mandate private insurance companies cover ABA, families with autistic children in the state can still receive therapy covered under federal or public plans like Tricare, BlueCare or TennCare (Behavioral Foundations, 2015).

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

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

Nashville:

  • Company—$62,082
  • Non-Profit Organization—$58,345
  • School District— $59,442
  • Government, State & Local— $61,516
  • Private Practice—$61,714

Memphis:

  • Company—$64,285
  • Non-Profit Organization—$60,376
  • School District— $61,552
  • Government, State & Local— $63,699
  • Private Practice—$63,926

Knoxville:

  • Company—$62,448
  • Non-Profit Organization—$58,298
  • School District—$58,940
  • Government, State & Local— $61,496
  • Private Practice—$61,786

Chattanooga:

  • Company—$63,160
  • Non-Profit Organization—$59,010
  • School District— $59,638
  • Government, State & Local— $62,576
  • Private Practice—$62,224

Clarksville:

  • Company—$59,556
  • Non-Profit Organization—$55,265
  • School District— $55,558
  • Government, State & Local— $58,361
  • Private Practice—$58,719

Murfreesboro:

  • Company—$60,227
  • Non-Profit Organization—$56,097
  • School District— $56,619
  • Government, State & Local— $59,210
  • Private Practice—$59,471

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

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

Nashville:

  • Company— $52,086
  • Non-Profit Organization— $48,941
  • School District— $49,796
  • Government, State & Local— $51,794
  • Private Practice— $51,561

Memphis:

  • Company—$52,085
  • Non-Profit Organization—$48,907
  • School District— $48,804
  • Government, State & Local— $51,572
  • Private Practice—$51,808

Knoxville:

  • Company—$50,823
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,431
  • School District—$47,895
  • Government, State & Local— $50,009
  • Private Practice—$50,297

Chattanooga:

  • Company—$51,559
  • Non-Profit Organization—$48,156
  • School District— $48,610
  • Government, State & Local— $50,754
  • Private Practice—$51,096

Clarksville:

  • Company—$49,225
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,661
  • School District— $45,829
  • Government, State & Local— $48,550
  • Private Practice—$48,183

Murfreesboro:

  • Company—$50,511
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,035
  • School District— $47,397
  • Government, State & Local— $49,604
  • Private Practice—$49,894

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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