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Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary

Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $57K per year. Pay ranges from $45K on the low end to $98K per year on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,688 - $77,984
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,922
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$28.00 - $54.33
(Median)
$28
$37
$54
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,688 - $77,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,892  
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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$45,406 - $97,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.00 - $54.33  
   
Overtime
$20.11 - $64.74  
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 - $2,892  
   
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).
)
$45,406 - $97,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,348
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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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Though some Speech-Language Pathologists move into positions like Rehabilitation Director (where the average salary is $87K), this progression is not the norm. Moving from a Speech-Language Pathologist to Speech Pathologist or Speech-Language Therapist is a more common career path, however.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists flock to RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., EBS Healthcare, Life Care Centers of America, and Genesis Rehabilitation Services Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Brookdale Senior Living Inc. — the median salary there is $81K. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($80K), RehabCare ($80K), and Genesis Rehab Services ($79K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $49K to just $77K — but Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $61K. Other low-paying employers include EBS Healthcare at $66K and HCR ManorCare at $74K, though some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $137K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists seem to wield many 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 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include early intervention, Childhood Education, and Pediatrics. People who know Rehabilitation usually also know Speech Pathology and Long Term Care. For most people, competency in Geriatrics indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $75K in this role. Speech-Language Pathologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Speech-Language Pathologists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+5 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), New York (+3 percent), and Cincinnati (+3 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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (8 percent lower and 4 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 19%


Dysphagia
up arrow 14%







Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 5%

Speech Pathology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$67,000

Autism
up arrow 4%



early intervention
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 908 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

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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