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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Utah

In 2014, Utah enacted an autism insurance law that requires individual insurance plans and fully insured large group plans to cover applied behavior analysis for autistic children between the ages of 2-10.

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The insurance reform, which allows for up to 600 hours per year or 11.5 hours per week of ABA therapy for qualified children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder ushered in a new era in which families with autistic children could access affordable therapy and independent applied behavior analysts and private practices could grow their practices and do more of what they do best.

Nowhere is access to applied behavior analysis more vital than in Utah, as the state has one of the highest rates of autism in the country, and, in fact, was recognized as the state with the highest occurrence of autism nationwide during the period between 2008 and 2012. As of 2016, the state still has a higher occurrence of autism than the national average (Deseret News Utah, 2016).

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

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

Salt Lake City:

  • Company—$60,469
  • Non-Profit Organization—$57,077
  • School District— $58,430
  • Government, State & Local— $60,245
  • Private Practice—$60,150

West Valley City:

  • Company—$58,523
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,780
  • School District— $55,785
  • Government, State & Local— $57,885
  • Private Practice—$58,012

Provo:

  • Company—$61,725
  • Non-Profit Organization—$57,873
  • School District—$58,502
  • Government, State & Local— $60,903
  • Private Practice—$61,239

West Jordan:

  • Company—$58,024
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,400
  • School District— $55,054
  • Government, State & Local— $57,291
  • Private Practice—$57,550

Orem:

  • Company—$58,350
  • Non-Profit Organization—$54,510
  • School District— $54,535
  • Government, State & Local— $57,217
  • Private Practice—$57,723

Ogden:

  • Company—$62,450
  • Non-Profit Organization—$58,708
  • School District— $59,581
  • Government, State & Local— $61,783
  • Private Practice—$62,133

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

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

Salt Lake City:

  • Company—$51,346
  • Non-Profit Organization—$48,462
  • School District— $49,550
  • Government, State & Local— $51,033
  • Private Practice—$51,172

West Valley City:

  • Company—$47,655
  • Non-Profit Organization—$44,596
  • School District— $45,366
  • Government, State & Local— $47,106
  • Private Practice—$47,251

Provo:

  • Company—$50,186
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,042
  • School District—$47,494
  • Government, State & Local— $49,478
  • Private Practice—$49,805

West Jordan:

  • Company—$49,585
  • Non-Profit Organization—$46,477
  • School District— $46,969
  • Government, State & Local— $48,910
  • Private Practice—$49,197

Orem:

  • Company—$47,491
  • Non-Profit Organization—$44,351
  • School District— $44,315
  • Government, State & Local— $46,531
  • Private Practice—$46,994

Ogden:

  • Company—$50,225
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,200
  • School District— $47,842
  • Government, State & Local— $49,655
  • Private Practice—$49,985

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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