Behavioral analysts help individuals modify destructive behaviors such as drug use, alcohol addiction or anger issues. They might work with adolescents struggling with behavior issues or adults trying to overcome substance abuse. A career as a behavioral analyst offers a variety of work settings to choose from, in addition to a competitive living wage. Analysts can either work independently or for hospitals, group homes, clinics and drug treatment facilities. Salaries vary by work setting. Behavioral analysts can increase their income potential by adding certifications or earning a Master’s degree.
How Much Do They Make
Glassdoor, a job search website, puts the median income for behavior analysts at $56,000 a year as of 2014. In 2009, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts conducted a survey of behavior analysts. The survey includes salary information showing that the highest percentage of full-time behavior analysts earned $40,000 to $60,000 per year, while the next highest percentage earned $60,000 to $80,000. Salaries over $80,000 a year were typically made by analysts with advanced certification.
How to Increase Earning Potential
Behavior analysts have options to increase their earning potential. For example, two certifications are offered by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board -- one for those with a bachelor’s degree and the other for those with more experience and a master’s degree. Having a board certification improves an analyst’s professional standing and is a reflection of both education and training. This allows them to charge higher fees if they are self-employed or ask for a higher salary if they are working for an employer.