Applied behavior analysts serve Virginia’s large population of autistic children with individual education plans in the state’s public school system, a population that has increased from 2,228 autistic students in 1999 to 16,933 as of 2014 (US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, 2015).
- BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons - MS in Behavior Analysis online. No GRE required. BACB®-Verified Course Sequence. 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.
- Pepperdine University - Online Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis. GRE scores are not required to apply.
- University of Dayton's - Online Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program. No GRE required.
- Regis College - Online Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis
- Capella University - MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Saint Joseph's University - Online Bachelor's or Master's Behavior Analysis Degrees and Certificates
As the number of children with autism rises, so too does the demand for qualified professionals to provide therapeutic interventions. This growing demand has helped to create hundreds of new salaried positions for ABAs, both in the state’s public school system and in private practices.
In 2011, Virginia enacted autism insurance reform that ensures state employee health plans and fully insured large group plans cover applied behavior analysis therapy for autistic children ages 2 through 6 years of age. The coverage applies to $35,000 worth of ABA therapy annually.
Although Virginia’s insurance law only applies to children under six as of now, it still helps many families afford ABA who would otherwise not have access to therapy, while allowing applied behavior analysts to bill insurance for the services they provide.
Salary Figures For Board Certified Applied Behavior Analysts With Ten Years of Experience in Virginia
Shown here are 2016 average salaries for ABAs with ten years of experience in Virginia’s largest cities, broken down by employment sector:
- Non-Profit Organization—$56,854
- School District— $57,694
- Government, State & Local— $59,944
- Private Practice—$60,202
- Non-Profit Organization—$58,295
- School District— $59,268
- Government, State & Local— $61,522
- Private Practice—$61,747
- Non-Profit Organization—$56,684
- School District—$57,482
- Government, State & Local— $59,764
- Private Practice—$60,014
- Non-Profit Organization—$58,292
- School District— $59,809
- Government, State & Local— $61,569
- Private Practice—$61,601
- Non-Profit Organization—$56,482
- School District— $57,208
- Government, State & Local— $59,494
- Private Practice—$59,789
- Non-Profit Organization—$65,568
- School District— $68,774
- Government, State & Local— $69,428
- Private Practice—$69,134
Salary Figures For Board Certified Applied Behavior Analysts Starting Their Careers in Virginia
Shown here are 2016 average salaries for first-year ABAs just entering the field in Virginia’s six largest cities, broken down by employment sector:
- Non-Profit Organization—$45,944
- School District— $46,566
- Government, State & Local— $48,417
- Private Practice—$48,675
- Non-Profit Organization—$47,439
- School District— $48,172
- Government, State & Local— $50,036
- Private Practice—$50,274
- Non-Profit Organization—$45,809
- School District—$46,400
- Government, State & Local— $48,275
- Private Practice—$48,526
- Non-Profit Organization—$47,244
- School District— $48,421
- Government, State & Local— $49,872
- Private Practice—$49,945
- Non-Profit Organization—$45,650
- School District— $46,183
- Government, State & Local— $48,060
- Private Practice—$48,348
- Non-Profit Organization—$52,862
- School District— $55,389
- Government, State & Local— $55,926
- Private Practice—$55,746
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.