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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. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $45K and $98K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$40,633 - $77,903
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,677
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$27.90 - $54.08
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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
$40,633 - $77,903  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
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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$45,301 - $97,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$27.90 - $54.08  
   
Overtime
$20.52 - $64.80  
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 - $2,909  
   
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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$45,301 - $97,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,358

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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 Speech-Language Pathologists do not often become Rehabilitation Directors, the job pays $87K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Speech-Language Pathologists become Speech Pathologists or Speech-Language Therapists.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

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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. Although Aegis Therapies, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $80K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $64K to $94K. Soaring salaries can also be found at RehabCare, Genesis Rehab Services, and Kindred Healthcare, where earnings of $80K, $79K, or $78K are standard for Speech-Language Pathologists.

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 Genesis HealthCare at $73K, though some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $103K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Survey results imply that Speech-Language Pathologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 pay less than market rate include early intervention, Childhood Education, and Pediatrics. Most people skilled in Rehabilitation are similarly competent in Speech Pathology and Long Term Care. The majority of those who know Geriatrics also 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $61K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $70K. Speech-Language Pathologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 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 Charlotte (+6 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), Los Angeles (+5 percent), and Cincinnati (+3 percent). Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (8 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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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
up arrow 19%


Dysphagia
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Home Health/Home Care
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Speech Pathology
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National Average
$66,000

Autism
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early intervention
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 939 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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