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 $57K per year. Pay generally varies between $46K and $99K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Most Speech-Language Pathologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,980 - $78,140
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$41K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,153
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$28.20 - $54.49
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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
$40,980 - $78,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,813  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $9,558  
Total Pay (?
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$45,657 - $98,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,515
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.20 - $54.49  
   
Overtime
$20.06 - $64.51  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,813  
   
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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$45,657 - $98,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,286
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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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While Speech-Language Pathologists do not often become Rehabilitation Directors, the job pays $87K per year on average. However, it's more common for Speech-Language Pathologists to move into roles as 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Speech-Language Pathologists. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K. Genesis Rehab Services, Aegis Therapies, Inc., and RehabCare are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Speech-Language Pathologists earning around $80K, $80K, or $80K at each firm, respectively.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $61K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $49K to $77K. Other low-paying employers include EBS Healthcare at $67K 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 14 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. Skill sets containing Rehabilitation also tend to include Speech Pathology and Long Term Care. It is often found that people who know Geriatrics are also skilled in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Speech-Language Pathologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. 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


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 will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+4 percent), New York (+3 percent), and Charlotte (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Speech-Language Pathologist's salary, with Pittsburgh Speech-Language Pathologists earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (3 percent lower).

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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
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Home Health/Home Care
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Speech Pathology
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National Average
$67,000

Autism
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early intervention
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 801 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
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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