Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary
The larger portion of Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $38.51 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but tenure and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The majority of Speech-Language Pathologists claim high levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$43,609 - $80,383|
|Bonus||$298.44 - $7,341|
|Total Pay (||$48,487 - $101,652|
|Hourly Rate||$29.62 - $55.64|
|Overtime||$37.11 - $70.60|
|Bonus||$298.44 - $7,341|
|Total Pay (||$48,487 - $101,652|
Job Description for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
A speech language pathologist (SLP) works with adults and children having some difficulty with speech or processing language properly. Their patients may have problems related to motor and physical skills, as well as cognitive issues affecting the ability to express language. A speech language pathologist's patients may range from those seeking help with stuttering or disfluency to those suffering from more serious difficulties such as aphasia (the inability to articulate any speech).Read More...
Many of the patients seen by speech language pathologists are children or adolescents facing development roadblocks in language articulation; a teacher or parent may have identified some impediment, delay or other articulation disorder. Many times, a pathologist works with family members to understand potential causes and resources to devise strategies to assist the patient. However, speech language pathologists may also work with adults - including older adults - suffering from neurological injury or other difficulties that may result in severe speech problems that affect the understanding and expression of language.
Speech language pathology generally requires an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, as well as a graduate degree in speech pathology and board certification and licensing. Most speech language pathologists work in specialized speech clinics, although they may work in medical centers and hospitals as well.
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Tasks
- Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
- Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.
- Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
- Administer hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
- Evaluate hearing, speech and language test results, medical background to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing disorders.
Common Career Paths for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
While Speech-Language Pathologists do not often become Rehabilitation Directors, the job pays $88K per year on average. Many Speech-Language Pathologists go on to become Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Therapists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $1K lower and $7K lower, respectively.
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings
Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Dominating the field, EBS Healthcare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Genesis Rehab Services are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Speech-Language Pathologists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. offers the most; Speech-Language Pathologists earn $80K on average there. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Genesis Rehab Services, Signature Healthcare, LLC, and Life Care Centers of America, top-paying firms where Speech-Language Pathologists rake in a respectable $80K, $80K, or $79K, respectively.
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $61K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $49K to $77K. Healthsouth Corp., Select Medical Corporation, and HCR ManorCare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($66K, $71K, and $74K respectively).
Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Speech-Language Pathologists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Home Health/Home Care, Long Term Care, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Childhood Education, Autism, and Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Rehabilitation indicates knowledge of Geriatrics and Long Term Care. Skill sets containing Speech Pathology also tend to include Pediatrics.
Pay by Experience Level for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Pay by Experience for a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) has a positive trend. An entry-level Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 2,124 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 987 salaries. An experienced Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 826 salaries. A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 485 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Speech-Language Pathologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh Speech-Language Pathologists have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (7 percent less) and St. Louis (4 percent less).
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