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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 annually for pay. Earnings generally vary between $45K and $97K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Speech-Language Pathologists. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,458 - $77,807
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,500
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$27.77 - $54.33
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$28
$37
$54
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,458 - $77,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,884  
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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$45,041 - $97,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.77 - $54.33  
   
Overtime
$20.21 - $64.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,884  
   
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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$45,041 - $97,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,359

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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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Speech-Language Pathologists sometimes assume positions such as Rehabilitation Directors. That role pays $87K per year on average. More often than not, a Speech Pathologist role is the next step for Speech-Language Pathologists moving up in the field. Speech Pathologists usually make $67K per year. Many other Speech-Language Pathologists choose to take on a Speech-Language Therapist role, where salaries are typically $62K.

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. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kindred Healthcare — the median salary there is $80K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $64K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $122K. Also paying near the top of the field are Genesis Rehab Services at $80K, RehabCare at $79K, and Aegis Therapies, Inc., where Speech-Language Pathologists annually earn $79K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital — median pay is $61K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $49K and only reaching $77K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include EBS Healthcare at $68K, and Genesis HealthCare where $73K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $103K.

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 Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like early intervention, Childhood Education, and Autism. A tool kit that includes Rehabilitation also typically contains Speech Pathology and Long Term Care. Those familiar with Geriatrics also tend to know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Speech-Language Pathologists in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+6 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and Cincinnati (+4 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

vital stim
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Dysphagia
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Speech Pathology
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$66,000


Autism
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1004 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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%