Top 10 Autism Services Employers in Houston

By ABAP Staff
September 2017

Are you looking for an autism job in Houston? Whether you’re a brand new BCBA or have years of experience in the field, this ranking of the best applied behavior analysis companies in the Houston metro area can help you find a great place to work. In this ranking, we detail the average pay for both entry-level and advanced positions, and the full-time benefits offered. We break the ranking into two sections. The first section features organizations headquartered locally in the Houston metro area. The second section features organizations with a nationwide presence who operate offices in the Houston area. Each organization ranked here is listed among Houston applied behavior analysis providers by Autism Speaks. Also, each organization has been reviewed by employees on or and is ranked here according to its average review score.

Local to Houston Metro Area

1. Concept Connections

Concept Connections

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While headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Concept Connections does provide services to the city of Houston. Hourly behavior therapist contractors earn $21-$23/hr. which is on the higher than average. Concept Connections provides in-home therapy, inclusion support/school shadowing, community therapy, and adolescent and adult services.

2. Spectrum of Hope

Spectrum of Hope

Spectrum of Hope treats children, adolescents, and adults with a range of developmental and behavioral disorders, and those with autism spectrum disorders. Employees are offered medical benefits through Blue Cross Blue Shield, 18 days of PTO, holiday pay, and tuition reimbursement for coursework related to applied behavior analysis. Behavior therapists make $18-$20 per hour; behavioral technicians make $17-$18 per hour.

3. Tangible Difference (now Blue Sprig)

Tangible Difference

ABA therapists at Tangible Difference earn $12-$14/hr. Full-time employees are eligible for paid time off, health, vision, and dental insurance, a 401k retirement plan, and AFLAC supplemental insurance. Tangible Difference offers treatment for autistic children with individualized treatment plans and approaches designed to address the particular challenges of each child. Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, social skills classes, and the ABA learning center.

National Companies Providing Services to Houston Metro Area

1. Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking the Spectrum

BCBAs at Unlocking the Spectrum earn around $73,000 per year while ABA therapists can expect to make around $15.75/hr. Services offered by Unlocking the Spectrum include functional analysis, one on one therapy, in-home consultation, skills assessments, and desensitization programs, social skills training, toilet training, and summer camps.

2. Behavior Frontiers

Behavior Frontiers

Out of 58 reviews, 69% of employees would recommend Behavior Frontiers to a friend an 83% approve of the CEO, both quite high numbers for the field. Behavior therapists earn $16.65/hr., senior behavior therapists $18.33/hr., case managers $56,960/yr. Employees get paid mileage, paid drive time, paid professional liability insurance, opportunities for BCBA mentorship, discounts for some ABA master’s and certificate programs, and tuition reduction programs at some universities. Full-time employees get medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401k with company matching, and paid personal time off and sick leave.

3. Trumpet Behavioral Health

Trumpet Behavioral Health

The Houston office of Trumpet Behavioral Health is currently hiring behavioral skills therapists. This position affords employees the opportunity to earn their RBT certification, receive 40+ hours of paid training, opportunities for development and growth into senior roles, quarterly raises based on performance, and even at part-time employees can earn PTO. Continuing education credits, BCBA coursework reimbursement, and master’s degree funding are also available.

4. Butterfly Effects

Butterfly Effects

Behavioral therapists, ABA therapists, and behavior technicians all earn between $15.50 and $16.50 per hour. The Houston office is currently hiring full-time BCBAs who will have access to benefits like major medical, vision, dental, supplemental insurance and a 401k plan. Qualified candidates can be eligible for relocation expense assistance. Butterfly Effects is one of the largest ABA providers in the United States with over 500 employees nationwide.

5. Therapy and Beyond

Therapy and Beyond

Therapy and Beyond is committed to the professional growth and provides employees with supervision, training, and instruction supervised by BCBAs. All therapists also receive weekly skills training. Full-time BCBA employees have access to medical, dental, vision, 401k, HSA and flex spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, and some locations even offer on-site childcare.

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6. Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Center for Autism and Related Disorders

CARD is one of the bigger organizations in this ranking with locations in 18 states. ABA therapists earn $15.21/hr., and clinical supervisors make $60,000/yr. Medical, dental, and vision insurance are available to employees who work more than thirty hours per week. Employees receive comprehensive paid initial and ongoing training, travel time pay and mileage reimbursement, and opportunities to earn BCAT and RBT certifications.

7. Shape of Behavior

Shape of Behavior

Shape of Behavior has full-time positions with hours Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Employees receive paid training, and full-time employees are offered medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation, sick time, and a 401k with employer matching. Hourly ABA therapists and RBTs earn $13-$14 per hour, behavior therapists $20-$22 per hour. The Shape of Behavior treats people of all ages with disabilities and conditions that include autism, Down syndrome, and PDD-NOS.

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