An applied behavioural analysis therapist specialises in working with children who have autism. Becoming an ABA therapist typically requires specialised training as part of a master's degree programme or in addition to one. ABA therapists often work in school settings, although some work in private practice and include ABA therapy as part of their counselling and therapy services.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary of an ABA therapist was £24,050 per year as of July 2011. This salary differs significantly from the salaries earned by most other clinical, counselling and school psychologists. This is probably due to the fact that Indeed.com bases its salary data on current job listings and not necessarily on nationwide salary data. Salaries for therapists tend to be considerably higher. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the average salary of most counselling professionals was £47,151 per year as of May 2010.
Placing the salary of ABA therapists within the larger pay scale of other clinical, counselling and school psychologists nationwide provides some additional context. According to the BLS, the median salary of these professionals was £43,426, with the middle 50 per cent earning salaries ranging from £32,734 to £56,062. The highest-paid therapists and counsellors earned £70,635 or more per year. At the low end of the pay scale were those who earned £25,356 or less per year.
Where the ABA therapist works provides an indication of how much she can generally expect to make. Salary Expert's survey of behavioural therapist salaries in 10 major U.S. cities provides a more exact salary range for ABA and other behavioural therapist salaries than Indeed.com and the BLS. According to Salary Expert, average salaries for behavioural therapists ranged from £36,110 in Charlotte to £47,401 Chicago, at the time of publication. Behavioural therapists in New York earned £46,447 per year, while those in Los Angeles earned £44,384 per year.
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the number of jobs for psychologists is expected to grow by about 12 per cent during the decade from 2008 to 2018. The bureau indicates that school psychologists will continue to be in demand to work with children who have special needs, such as dealing with autism.