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Behavioral Therapist Salary in Oregon

Behavioral therapists who work in the state of Oregon will be happy to know that they are doing their jobs in one of the states that pays the highest for this profession. In line with Oregon in terms of salary are Maine, Alaska, Nevada, and California. Qualified behavioral therapists working in the state can expect to bring home anywhere from $49,490 to $55,150. Obviously, everyone is going to want to make as much money as possible, and the good news is that there are many things that you can do to ensure that you are paid a higher salary for your expertise. If you follow our tips for increasing salary, then you’ll be sure to see a big difference in your pay rate in no time at all.

Tip #1- Educate Yourself: It’s no secret that a higher education equals a higher pay, no matter where you live. Therefore, it is in your best interest to pursue the highest level of education possible. Even if you’ve already been through school and are satisfied with where you are in your career and your education, you can see a big increase in pay just by going up one educational notch. You’ll see the most difference if you already have a lower level degree, like a bachelor’s degree, and are only capable of doing entry-level work in the field. You’ll quickly find that with a master’s degree, many more opportunities open themselves up to you. Likewise, taking yourself up to a PhD can increase your career choices as well as your salary. The best news of all is that many employers will pay for all or a part of your educational expenses under many circumstances, saving you money and allowing you the important and life changing opportunity to go back to school.

Tip #2- Look at Where You Live: As we mentioned earlier, Oregon is one of the areas in which behavioral therapists are paid the most highly. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can rely on that fact to bring you home a high salary. The truth of the matter is that there is a disparity in salaries depending upon the Oregon state in which you live. Most people are aware that behavioral therapists tend to be paid more in larger cities and thus tend to gravitate toward these areas, but that’s actually not the smartest career move. Larger cities typically only pay more because the cost of living is higher, so it really all evens out in the end. What you want to look for and research instead are the cities that have a very high level of need for behavioral therapists. These are the ones that will pay you the best for your work and that will offer you excellent benefits and many other incentives, such as opportunities for promotion and/or advancement in your specific area of expertise as well. When you do your research, don’t just look at the average salary that shows up, check out specific jobs and their salaries and read up on the city’s need for mental health care professionals such as yourself.  A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is the greater the need, the greater the pay will likely be.

Tip #3- Build Your Resume: If you haven’t yet been hired to actually work in behavioral therapy, then your resume might be to blame for your lack of a job. If you’re having trouble finding a new job, a lack of experience or not enough time spent consistently at each position is likely the source of the trouble. The good news is that resumes are easy to build up, meaning it’s easy for you to find a new and more lucrative position in the behavioral therapy field. We suggest building up your resume by taking on an internship that is as close as possible to the actual job you hope to do in the field. You can find out about internship opportunities by searching online, contacting therapeutic practices you are interested in working for, or by speaking with the career counselor at your college or university. These paid or unpaid experiential learning experiences can really go a long way in giving you a solid resume for a higher salary  and increasing your chances of being hired.