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ABA Therapist Demographics & Statistics

There are 59,976 board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) in the U.S.

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Ruben Kesherim
January 24, 2023

The latest research on behavior analysts shows demographics on the number of BCBAs there are, the average salary, age, gender, race, and more. According to the BACB, as of January 3, 2022, the numbers of individuals holding BACB certification are as follows:

59,976 5,580 130,273

Key Behavior Analyst Demographics

  1. There are 59,976 board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) in the U.S.
  2. Most behavior analysts are women (71.1%, while 28.9% are men.
  3. The average employed behavior analyst is 38 years old.
  4. The most common ethnicity of behavior analysts is White (64.5%), then Hispanic or Latino (14.6%), then Black or African American (13.1%) and lastly Asian (4.0%).
  5. In 2021, female behavior analysts earned 99% of what male BCBAs earned.
  6. BCBAs are 51% more likely to work at private companies compared to education companies.
  7. Most ABA therapists are located in New York, NY and Indianapolis, IN.
  8. ABA therapists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  9. ABA therapists are predicted to experience more than a 20% job growth rate by 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  10. In 1987, a study conducted found that 90% of autistic patients had behavioral improvements after ABA.
  11. There was a 1,942% increase in demand for BCBAs between 2010 and 2018.
  12. There was a 1,098% increase in demand for BCaBAs between 2010 and 2018.
  13. BCBAs earn almost $98,000 per year, on average, with top earners earning over $110,000 per year.
  14. The average annual salary for ABA therapists is $36,263.

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Number Of BCaBAs Per Year

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BCBA Statistics By Gender

71.1% of behavior analysts are women and 28.9% of behavior analysts are men.

BCBA Statistics By Gender

BCBA Statistics By Race

Most behavior analysts are White. That race makes up 64.5% of all behavior analysts.

BCBA Statistics By Race
Behavior Analyst Race
Hispanic or Latino14.6%
Black or African American13.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.5%

Average Age Of An ABA Therapist

The average employed behavior analyst is 38 years old.

Male Age
Female Age
Black or African American47.545
Hispanic or Latino3430

Types Of Companies Behavior Analysts Work In

Most behavior analysts (BCBAs) prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Top Industries Hiring Behavior Analysts

The most common industries that employ BCBAs the most are health care, professional, and non profits.

Behavior Analyst Education Levels

The most common degree for behavior analysts is a bachelor's degree, with 54% of behavior analysts earning that degree.

Behavior Analyst Degree
Other Degrees5%


How Many Behavior Analyst Are There In The U.S.A?

There are 59,976 board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) in the U.S.

What Percentage Of Behavior Analysts Are Black?

13.1% of behavior analysts are Black or African American.

How Old Is The Average Behavior Analyst?

The average Behavior Analyst age is 39 years old.

steven zauderer

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

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