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 $58K per year. Cash earnings for Speech-Language Pathologists — including $7K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $101K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Speech-Language Pathologists is high.

$42,926 - $79,481
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MEDIAN: $58,370
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$29.36 - $55.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,926 - $79,481  
   
Bonus
$291.39 - $6,904  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,630  
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$47,732 - $101,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,931
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Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $55.36  
   
Overtime
$38.44 - $68.61  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$291.39 - $6,904  
   
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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$47,732 - $101,265  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,910

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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

  • 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)


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It's not very common for Speech-Language Pathologists to move on to become Rehabilitation Directors. Average pay for a Rehabilitation Director is $88K annually. However, it's more common for Speech-Language Pathologists to move into roles as Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Therapists.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


EBS Healthcare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., and Genesis Rehab Services are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Speech-Language Pathologists. For Speech-Language Pathologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Brookdale Senior Living Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $80K, the highest in the area. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Genesis Rehab Services ($80K), Signature Healthcare, LLC ($80K), and Life Care Centers of America ($79K).

Speech-Language Pathologists will find the worst pay at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where the median salary crawls in at $61K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $77K, leaving little room for growth. Healthsouth Corp., Select Medical Corporation, and HCR ManorCare also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $66K, $71K, and $74K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Survey takers working as Speech-Language Pathologists report using a large range of professional skills. 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 39 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Childhood Education, Autism, and Pediatrics. People who know Speech Pathology usually also know Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Rehabilitation indicates knowledge of Geriatrics 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.


For many Speech-Language Pathologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $71K. Speech-Language Pathologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,942

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Speech-Language Pathologists, 18 percent higher than the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+8 percent), New York (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Denver and St. Louis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, 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 318 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

▲21%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$69,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▲39%


▲10%

▲7%

early intervention
▲7%




▲4%

vital stim
▲4%



National Average
$69,000

▼6%


▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 318 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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