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Salaries for Applied Behavior Analysts in Virginia

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).

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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:

Virginia Beach:

  • Company—$60,627
  • Non-Profit Organization—$56,854
  • School District— $57,694
  • Government, State & Local— $59,944
  • Private Practice—$60,202

Norfolk:

  • Company—$62,196
  • Non-Profit Organization—$58,295
  • School District— $59,268
  • Government, State & Local— $61,522
  • Private Practice—$61,747

Chesapeake:

  • Company—$60,487
  • Non-Profit Organization—$56,684
  • School District—$57,482
  • Government, State & Local— $59,764
  • Private Practice—$60,014

Richmond:

  • Company—$61,888
  • Non-Profit Organization—$58,292
  • School District— $59,809
  • Government, State & Local— $61,569
  • Private Practice—$61,601

Newport News:

  • Company—$60,239
  • Non-Profit Organization—$56,482
  • School District— $57,208
  • Government, State & Local— $59,494
  • Private Practice—$59,789

Alexandria:

  • Company—$68,825
  • 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:

Virginia Beach:

  • Company—$49,006
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,944
  • School District— $46,566
  • Government, State & Local— $48,417
  • Private Practice—$48,675

Norfolk:

  • Company—$50,626
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,439
  • School District— $48,172
  • Government, State & Local— $50,036
  • Private Practice—$50,274

Chesapeake:

  • Company—$48,895
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,809
  • School District—$46,400
  • Government, State & Local— $48,275
  • Private Practice—$48,526

Richmond:

  • Company—$50,166
  • Non-Profit Organization—$47,244
  • School District— $48,421
  • Government, State & Local— $49,872
  • Private Practice—$49,945

Newport News:

  • Company—$48,699
  • Non-Profit Organization—$45,650
  • School District— $46,183
  • Government, State & Local— $48,060
  • Private Practice—$48,348

Alexandria:

  • Company—$55,484
  • 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.

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