Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary

Most Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $58K annually. Pay ranges from $46K on the low end to $99K per year on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Speech-Language Pathologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$41,492 - $79,212
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $58,220
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$28.85 - $54.34
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,492 - $79,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,617  
Total Pay (?
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$46,385 - $99,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$28.85 - $54.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.55 - $64.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,617  
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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$46,385 - $99,104  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,385
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Speech-Language Pathologists move into roles as Rehabilitation Directors, where pay is an average $87K per year. A more common career path for Speech-Language Pathologists is stepping into the role of Speech Pathologist or Speech-Language Therapist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Speech-Language Pathologists, RehabCare, EBS Healthcare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Life Care Centers of America, and Kindred Healthcare are leading firms in the industry. Genesis Rehab Services pays the most with a median salary of $81K, though there is little variation overall ($64K to $96K). Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries at Aegis Therapies, Inc. (+$81K), Genesis Group (+$80K), and Kindred Healthcare (+$80K).

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the least pay with a median salary of $61K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $77K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Select Medical Corporation at $71K, and EBS Healthcare where $72K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $87K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in vital stim, Long Term Care, Home Health/Home Care, and Dysphagia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 20 percent. Those listing early intervention as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Autism and Childhood Education also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Geriatrics tend to be well versed in Long Term Care. Most people familiar with Rehabilitation also know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. Speech-Language Pathologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,033

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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Speech-Language Pathologists, 14 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+7 percent), New York (+7 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Boston (+2 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Speech-Language Pathologists is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Denver (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

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National Average
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Autism
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 635 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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