Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary

Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $57K per year for pay. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $46K and $98K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction for Speech-Language Pathologists is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,080 - $78,225

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$28.24 - $54.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,080 - $78,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $9,558  
Total Pay (?
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$45,850 - $98,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.24 - $54.41  
   
Overtime
$20.42 - $64.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $9,558  
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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$45,850 - $98,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,279
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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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Speech-Language Pathologists sometimes assume positions such as Rehabilitation Directors. That role pays $87K per year on average. More often, however, Speech-Language Pathologists go on to become Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Therapists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., EBS Healthcare, Life Care Centers of America, and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Speech-Language Pathologists. Speech-Language Pathologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Senior Rehab Solutions, where the average salary comes to $82K. Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Genesis Rehab Services, and Aegis Therapies, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Speech-Language Pathologists earning around $81K, $80K, or $80K at each firm, respectively.

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. Other low-paying employers include EBS Healthcare at $67K and HCR ManorCare at $74K, though some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $136K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in vital stim, Long Term Care, Dysphagia, and Home Health/Home Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 15 percent. Those listing early intervention as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Childhood Education and Pediatrics also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Geriatrics also know Long Term Care. Most people skilled in Rehabilitation are similarly competent in Speech Pathology and Long Term Care.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Speech-Language Pathologists make a median salary of $75K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Speech-Language Pathologists, 15 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+5 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), New York (+4 percent), and Charlotte (+3 percent). Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Austin and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

vital stim
up arrow 15%


Dysphagia
up arrow 13%

Home Health/Home Care
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Speech Pathology
0%

National Average
$67,000


Autism
up arrow 5%


early intervention
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 760 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%
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