In July of 2014 the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a change in the way it would interpret legal language for what constitutes medically-necessary treatments. This change included defining autism as medically necessary under Medicaid insurance programs.
This means that Wyoming residents covered by Medicaid have expanded access to autism treatments provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA®s).
To comply with federal demands for state Medicaid participation, in March of 2016 the Wyoming Department of Health announced it would provide insurance coverage through Medicaid for those with a primary autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This means Wyoming residents enrolled in Medicaid will have access to the following beginning on January 1 2017:
- Insurance reimbursement for applied behavior analyst therapy provided by BCBA®s who accept Medicaid
- Insurance reimbursement for autism rehabilitative services at a rate of 20 visits per year, unless additional services are medically necessary
Expanded insurance coverage for autism services has helped to drive BCBA® salaries forward. Experienced board-certified behavior analysts (BCBA®s) in Wyoming can earn salaries as high as $113,630 a year, according to 2021 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Salaries for Experienced BCBA®s in Wyoming
The range of salaries for board-certified behavior analysts with ten years of experience in the field are shown below (median to top 10% – current as of May, 2021):
- 50th: $113,630
- 75th: $129,790
- 90th: $169,620
Starting Salaries for Behavior Analysts in Wyoming
The most highly paid BCBA®s in Wyoming who lack job experience in the field of behavior analysis can command salaries that exceed the median salary among highly experienced BCBA®s in the state. Salary data shown below for entry-level ABAs is current as of May 2021 (10th percentile to median):
- 10th: $26,230
- 25th: $39,630
- 50th: $113,630
2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and employment figures for Psychologists, All Other reflect national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed January 2023.