Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $57K per year on average. Pay ranges from $46K on the low end to $98K per year on the high end. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The majority of Speech-Language Pathologists claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$40,857 - $78,108
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$41K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,107
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$28.14 - $54.52
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,857 - $78,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,604  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $3,077  
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$45,552 - $98,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,542
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.14 - $54.52  
   
Overtime
$19.79 - $64.36  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,604  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $3,077  
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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$45,552 - $98,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,300
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Job Description for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

A speech-language pathologist is a person who diagnoses and treats people with language and speech disorders. Speech-language pathologists can work in schools and hospitals, as well have their own private practice. When working in schools, they focus on providing help and support for children who need help with speech outside of the normal classroom setting. Speech-language pathologists can also help with students who have medical problems that may cause them to struggle with speech and hearing. A private speech language pathologist can have patients of all ages. These speech-language pathologists can work with children or adults who may face difficult speech and hearing impairments. They normally work one-on-one with their patients. Speech-language pathologists begin by assessing the patients to see what type of speech and hearing disorder they may have. They will spend time evaluating the hearing, speech and language test results, along with the patient's medical background to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, and voice and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists administer speech and hearing tests and examinations to patients and then develop, implement, and monitor treatment plans. Speech-language pathologists help those who suffer from stuttering, delayed languages, swallowing disorders, and voice problems. Depending on how the treatment goes, they will adjust the treatment accordingly. They have to document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of patients. They also instruct the patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle, and breathing exercises. It is required by all states that speech-language pathologists hold a master's or other graduate degree. Speech pathologists must be licensed or registered with a national or state organization. A speech language pathologist must have practical and personal skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills. These pathologists must also have patience and compassion. This can be a challenging and stimulating job. However, there is the reward of knowing that speech-language pathologists are helping others.


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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While not commonly seen, Speech-Language Pathologists who transition into a Rehabilitation Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Rehabilitation Directors is $87K per year. However, Speech-Language Pathologists typically graduate to Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Therapists.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Speech-Language Pathologists include RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., EBS Healthcare, Life Care Centers of America, and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $81K. Aegis Therapies, Inc., RehabCare, and Genesis Rehab Services also offer top salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $80K, $80K, and $79K, respectively.

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. Other low-paying employers include EBS Healthcare at $66K and HCR ManorCare at $73K, though some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $137K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists report using a deep pool 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 18 percent. Those listing early intervention as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Childhood Education and Pediatrics also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also know Long Term Care. It is often found that people who know Rehabilitation are also skilled 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.


For Speech-Language Pathologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. Speech-Language Pathologists bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Speech-Language Pathologists, 14 percent higher than the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+6 percent), New York (+4 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), and Charlotte (+3 percent). Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 2 percent less, 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 18%


Dysphagia
up arrow 13%


Home Health/Home Care
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Speech Pathology
0%

National Average
$67,000

Autism
up arrow 4%



early intervention
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 826 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%
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