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Average Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Salary

The average Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) salary is around $54,000 per year in the United States.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
September 9th, 2022

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Salary

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.

The average RBT salary is lower than that of other ABA professionals, such as behavior analysts mainly because you only need a high school diploma and an RBT certification to become an RBT.

Years of Experience RBT Hourly Rate
Less than 1 year $16.21/hour
1-4 years $17.18/hour
5-9 years $18.11/hour
10-19 years $18.84/hour
20+ years $20/hour

A number of factors influence the actual salary you'll make as an RBT, including:

  1. Additional education
  2. Certifications
  3. Skills
  4. Experience
  5. Location
  6. Demand for ABA services

One of the major benefits of working as an RBT is the potential for job growth. If you'd like to pursue further credentials in the field of ABA, starting as as a behavior technician will allow you to see your salary increase as you receive additional certifications and experience.

As an RBT, you can choose to become an assistant BCBA if you have a bachelor's degree and additional certification. Assistant BCBAs who have a master's or doctoral degree can become a BCBA or BCBA-D. In short, as an RBT, there's lots of potential job growth in the field of ABA.

RBT Average Salary By State

Rank State Average Salary Hourly Rate Job Count
1 Hawaii $54,222 $26.07 91
2 Connecticut $45,739 $21.99 355
3 Montana $48,478 $23.31 106
4 Massachusetts $44,348 $21.32 912
5 Maine $40,338 $19.39 146
6 West Virginia $41,284 $19.85 146
7 Illinois $40,998 $19.71 1,219
8 North Dakota $42,073 $20.23 70
9 Alaska $39,710 $19.09 119
10 Vermont $41,975 $20.18 67
11 New Jersey $42,006 $20.20 754
12 Rhode Island $40,474 $19.46 101
13 Iowa $38,966 $18.73 329
14 California $45,691 $21.97 2,102
15 New York $42,320 $20.35 1,021
16 Maryland $42,515 $20.44 508
17 Washington $42,307 $20.34 385
18 Pennsylvania $36,241 $17.42 1,158
19 Alabama $35,552 $17.09 462
20 Oregon $41,137 $19.78 205
21 Arizona $35,949 $17.28 720
22 Wisconsin $35,427 $17.03 664
23 Mississippi $38,237 $18.38 134
24 Michigan $36,607 $17.60 623
25 New Hampshire $39,093 $18.79 112
26 Nebraska $37,824 $18.18 146
27 Virginia $39,421 $18.95 735
28 Florida $36,020 $17.32 1,628
29 Indiana $34,902 $16.78 643
30 South Dakota $34,530 $16.60 106
31 Colorado $36,311 $17.46 560
32 Minnesota $37,652 $18.10 450
33 Delaware $36,676 $17.63 112
34 Wyoming $35,795 $17.21 39
35 Texas $35,348 $16.99 1,791
36 District of Columbia $40,868 $19.65 74
37 South Carolina $35,326 $16.98 364
38 North Carolina $35,730 $17.18 713
39 Ohio $34,699 $16.68 675
40 Georgia $34,718 $16.69 966
41 Arkansas $30,812 $14.81 306
42 Tennessee $32,320 $15.54 553
43 New Mexico $34,378 $16.53 141
44 Utah $31,055 $14.93 297
45 Kentucky $32,764 $15.75 266
46 Missouri $30,643 $14.73 540
47 Nevada $32,670 $15.71 136
48 Kansas $33,115 $15.92 186
49 Louisiana $29,478 $14.17 284
50 Oklahoma $30,051 $14.45 197
51 Idaho $25,291 $12.16 84

Highest Paying Cities For Behavior Technicians

Rank City Average Salary Hourly Rate
1 Urban Honolulu, HI $54,234 $26.07
2 Campbell, CA $46,546 $22.38
3 Worcester, MA $44,464 $21.38
4 Baltimore, MD $42,536 $20.45
5 New York, NY $42,350 $20.36
6 Lakewood, WA $42,347 $20.36
7 Lakewood, NJ $42,115 $20.25
8 Chicago, IL $41,072 $19.75
9 Saint Paul, MN $37,623 $18.09
10 Lakewood, CO $36,340 $17.47
11 Surprise, AZ $36,073 $17.34
12 Tampa, FL $36,054 $17.33
13 Jacksonville, NC $35,770 $17.20
14 Houston, TX $35,517 $17.08
15 Fond du Lac, WI $35,503 $17.07

RBT Salary By Year

Year Average Salary Hourly Rate % Change
2022 $38,000 $18.28 +3.6%
2021 $36,700 $17.63 +2.7%
2020 $35,700 $17.15 +3.7%
2019 $34,400 $16.53 +2.2%
2018 $33,600 $16.16 -0.5%
2017 $33,800 $16.25 +0.0%
2016 $33,800 $16.25 +4.0%
2015 $32,400 $15.59 -0.6%
2014 $32,600 $15.68 +5.3%
2013 $30,900 $14.86 -

RBT Job Growth

A registered behavior technician will witness considerable job expansion between 2022 and 2028 which will provide a measure of financial well-being. The ABA industry will likely grow and so will RBT salaries, especially in metropolitan cities.

Top 5 Best Paying Jobs Related to RBTs

Job Title Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Behavioral Analyst $93,875 $7,822 $1,805 $45.13
Travel RBT $85,557 $7,129 $1,645 $41.13
Behavior Analyst $83,376 $6,948 $1,603 $40.08
Remote Behavior Analyst $82,937 $6,911 $1,594 $39.87
Applied ABC $77,384 $6,448 $1,488 $37.20

Frequently Asked Questions

What state pays RBTs the most?

Hawaii pays RBTs the most in the U.S., with an average salary of $54,222 per year, or $26.07 per hour.

How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a behavior technician?

If your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in, then you are being paid fairly as a behavior technician.

What type of behavior technician makes the most?

Mental Health Nurse gets paid the most, as they make a median salary of $106,812 per year. The highest paid 10% make $141,000 per year, and the lowest paid 10% make $80,000 per year.

How much does a behavior technician make an hour?

Behavior technicians make between $15 to $17 per hour. The hourly rate of an RBT varies depending on the person's location.

Can you make a living as an RBT?

After a decade of work experience, your salary as an RBT can be between $50,000 to more than $65,000 per year.

References

  1. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Registered_Behavior_Technician/Hourly_Rate
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/psychiatric-technicians-and-aides.htm
  3. https://www.salary.com/research/company/rbt-salary
  4. https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Registered-Behavioral-Technician-Salary
steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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