Statistics on RBT salaries in the US

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The average Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) salary in the United States is around $54,000 per year. Entry-level salaries begin at around $47,000 per year.

However, more experienced RBTs can earn over $66,000 per year. RBTs job growth rate over the next 10 years is 12% to 22%, which is much higher than the average job growth rate of 5%.

Percentile Annual Salary Monthly Salary Hourly Rate
90th Percentile
$49,000
$4,083
$24
75th Percentile
$43,000
$3,583
$21
Average
$38,026
$3,169
$18
25th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16
10th Percentile
$29,000
$2,417
$14

According to PayScale, the average RBT annual salary is under $35,000, or $17.02 per hour. The lowest 10% of RBT salaries are $13.69 per hour, while the top 10% of earners report wages of more than $22 per hour. RBT salaries are influenced by location, demand, and the company you work for. Read more at Cross River Therapy.

As of July 31, 2022 the average annual pay for a Registered Behavioral Technician in the United States is $41, 418 a year.

(Ziprecruiter)

“While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $62,000 and as low as $18,000, the majority of Registered Behavioral Technician salaries currently range between $31,000 (25th percentile)  to $52,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $57,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Registered Behavioral Technician varies greatly (by as much as $21,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.”

Being an RBT for me was extremely fun because where were you going to find a place where you can be completely silly without having to worry what people thought about you? This was the only job that made me feel like I could make a dramatic difference while being myself.

I also liked to be surrounded by people that had the same goals of wanting to help kids and the teamwork made the job much easier and more enjoyable.

Change and progress was the ultimate goal for our kiddos. The early intervention program was seriously only a miracle because I saw changes in the kiddos that from day one, you wouldn’t even recognize who they were.

Changes from being able to utter 3-4 words where they can only make a syllable from when they started, the behavior decreases in which kiddo that used to engage in 30-40 0 self-harm to only half, learning how to wait during games, table work where they use to swipe and drop to the floor if they had to.

My favorite was when the parents would tell us what amazing progress they were making at home. I used to tear up and felt for these parents so much because it was already difficult for them and now, they can trust and rely on ABA and the therapists knowing their goal was ours.

By Emma Rogers, BA, RBT

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