2018 Earnings Trend Report from Relias Academy

October 26, 2018

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During the month of August, Relias Academy, a leading provider of online continuing education, surveyed almost 1,000 healthcare professionals from across the industry, gathering anonymous data on basic demographics, salary, education and industry expectations. The purpose of this survey was to gain insight into earnings trends amongst counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians.


The Relias Academy salary report showed a wide range of earnings across the board for individuals in the healthcare industry. Out of total respondents who answered the question of annual salary, 88 percent work full-time, while 12 percent report working part-time.

The average salary for part-time workers fell between $15,000 and $29,000. Notably, 1.8 percent of respondents report making over $150,000, a large departure from the average salary of $50,000-75,000 per year reported by most. Not surprisingly, 100 percent of behavioral health high earners report holding postgraduate degrees from a university.


Out of the total responses, 23 percent reported working in the behavioral health field. This included professionals with the following titles: counselor, social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist and addictions specialist. These individuals were located across the United States, with the largest portion operating on the East coast.


When asked to indicate the environment in which they worked, 38 percent of respondents reported working in a mental health facility. Notably, the second highest response was government at 21 percent, followed by private practice. Less common environments included hospital, hospice/home care, corporate and rehabilitation working environments.


When it came to the question of continuing education, many respondents preferred to spread their continuing education fulfillment out to two or three times per year. The ability to take CE online, as well as the variety of CE available were both reported as the most important factors when it comes to choosing continuing education. Relevance to the respondent’s field is also imperative, as well as fresh, contemporary content.


Continue reading and view a graphical breakdown of behavioral health salary trends at Relias Academy.