How to Make Your Next ABA Therapist Hire

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Last updated at 09-18-2020 18:05:55



More than 1,035 companies advertise 20,429 ABA Therapist jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next ABA Therapist most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 5,249 job posts from 574 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 17.4% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 47 ABA Therapist job seekers for every active Aba Therapist job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Behavior Technician, ABA Therapist, Case Manager, Mental Health Technician, Social Worker, Behavioral Specialist, Special Education Teacher, and Behavioral Therapist seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the ABA Therapist candidates in the United States. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the ABA Therapist candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 7.6% of the active ABA Therapist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 39.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 30.2% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted slightly from an estimated 8.2 years to 8.0 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect basically the same experience level from candidates compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include applied behavior analysis, childcare, experience with children, data collection, communication skills, autism experience, Spanish, bilingualism, teaching, and mentoring. Demand for teaching, time management, Spanish, applied behavior analysis, special needs, mentoring, communication skills, bilingualism, data collection, and childcare has significantly increased. If you are looking for an ABA Therapist with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.4 as many applies as those without. In the past quarter, less than 54.4% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 40.0%.

Example ABA Therapist responsibilities

  • Facilitating counselling sessions for patients or clients
  • Explaining methods and techniques to patients or clients
  • Training patients or clients
  • Tracking progress toward goals or plans for overall health and well-being
  • Informing patients or clients of developments, new information, or other changes


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for ABA Therapist positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas are the states that have the highest demand for ABA Therapists. California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas are where most job seekers are searching for ABA Therapist jobs. If we look at the ABA Therapist to job ratio, Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have the lowest number of Aba Therapist applicants per job. Utah, Nebraska, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most active ABA Therapist job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 246,875 job seekers interested in ABA Therapist opportunities in the United States. That’s a 49.9% increase compared to the previous quarter with 164,718 active job seekers. Around 7.6% of the active ABA Therapist candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 22.5% have between 3-5 years of experience, 39.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 30.2% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available ABA Therapist candidates is 8.0 years. Active candidates in the ABA Therapist profession most commonly have bachelor's degrees, followed by master's degrees, high school diplomas, and associate's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that ABA Therapist candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 1,216 Aba Therapists from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc., CENTRIA HEALTHCARE, Advanced Autism Services, K1ds Count Therapy, LLC, Hopebridge, LLC, Cornerstone Autism Center, Applied Behavioral Mental Health Counseling, Behavioral Health Works, Inc., Proud Moments, and Victoria Transcultural Clinical Center.

After analyzing post-interview data from ABA Therapist candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 42.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 91.0% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the ABA Therapist candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and drug test. Most employers do not require a group interview or written test. If you are trying to hire your next ABA Therapist quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 79.6% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 43% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Describe a time when you had a challenging patient. What was your approach?
  • How do you handle stress?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average ABA Therapist salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 15% from $40,277.52 to $46,154.85 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For ABA Therapist positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 72.5%, healthcare insurance by 57.5%, dental insurance by 42.5%, vision insurance by 30.0%, a 401k plan by 25.0%, discounts by 12.5%, and stock options/grants by 2.5%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including sabbaticals, flexible working hours, location variety, fully remote, maternity leave, paternity leave, mostly remote, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain ABA Therapist candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 50.0% of the employers conducted a background check, and 13.3% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their ABA Therapist candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an ABA Therapist, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Aba Therapist candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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