Women comprise the majority of Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $38.00 per hour on average. Overall cash earnings for Speech-Language Pathologists stretch from $48K on the lower end to $101K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the specific company are driving factors as well. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

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Salary
$42,890 - $79,327  
   
Bonus
$292.33 - $6,787  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,630  
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$47,735 - $100,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,991
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$29.20 - $54.98  
   
Overtime
$39.56 - $67.57  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$292.33 - $6,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,630  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,735 - $100,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,996

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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).

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Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Tasks

  • 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.
  • Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
  • Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.

Common Career Paths for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


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As Speech-Language Pathologists transition into upper-level roles such as Rehabilitation Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Rehabilitation Directors earn $88K on average per year. Becoming a Speech Pathologist or a Speech-Language Therapist is a common transition from a Speech-Language Pathologist role.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Speech-Language Pathologists include EBS Healthcare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Genesis Rehab Services. Speech-Language Pathologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Genesis Group, where the average salary comes to $81K. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Genesis Rehab Services ($80K), RehabCare ($79K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($79K).

Employees at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital take home the smallest paychecks, and $61K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $49K and quickly nearing the top at only $77K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Healthsouth Corp. at $66K, Select Medical Corporation at $71K, and HCR ManorCare, where $73K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Long Term Care, Geriatrics, and AAC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Childhood Education, Autism, and Pediatrics. Most people experienced in Rehabilitation also know Geriatrics and Long Term Care. Most people skilled in Speech Pathology are similarly competent in Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Speech-Language Pathologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. For Speech-Language Pathologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $78K. Speech-Language Pathologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,628

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For Speech-Language Pathologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Denver (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Laurel:
"Very Prepared."
Pros: I am given the freedom to treat patients in the best way I see fit while collaborating with my fellow employees. Given the responsibility to manage my time and effort in the most efficient way I see fit to achieve tasks. Great relationship with my main supervisor and have been told on many occasions that I am a big asset to the team and company.
Cons: At times, belittled by CEO of company by her undermining my plan of care and pushed to make recommendations based e money and revenue of facility. When the CEO has not Speech-language Pathology background. Also, no room for growth in responsibilities or pay increases.

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Key Stats for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 332 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

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AAC
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National Average
$69,000


Autism
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 332 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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