Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salary

Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $58K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $46K and $99K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part.

$41,492 - $79,212
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$41K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,220
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$28.85 - $54.34
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$29
$37
$54
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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Speech-Language Pathologists who advance into the role of a Rehabilitation Director are fairly uncommon. Rehabilitation Directors on average earn $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)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Speech-Language Pathologists include RehabCare, EBS Healthcare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Life Care Centers of America, and Kindred Healthcare. Although the highest salaries can be found at Genesis Rehab Services where median pay is $81K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $64K and $96K. Speech-Language Pathologists can also look forward to large paychecks at Aegis Therapies, Inc. ($81K), Genesis Group ($80K), and Kindred Healthcare ($80K).

Salaries are easily beat at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, where median pay comes to just $61K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $49K and ending at $77K, range in salary is rather small. Other low-paying employers include Select Medical Corporation at $71K and EBS Healthcare at $72K, though some Speech-Language Pathologists there earn up to $87K.

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Speech-Language Pathologists seem to exploit 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. Most people familiar with Rehabilitation also know Speech Pathology and Long Term Care. Most people experienced in 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.


Speech-Language Pathologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Speech-Language Pathologists make a median salary of $76K. 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 $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,033

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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 Los Angeles (+7 percent), New York (+7 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Boston (+2 percent). Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in St. Louis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Reviews

What is it like working as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Laurel:
"Very Prepared."
Pros: I am given the freedom to treat patients in the best way I see fit while collaborating with my fellow employees. Given the responsibility to manage my time and effort in the most efficient way I see fit to achieve tasks. Great relationship with my main supervisor and have been told on many occasions that I am a big asset to the team and company.
Cons: At times, belittled by CEO of company by her undermining my plan of care and pushed to make recommendations based e money and revenue of facility. When the CEO has not Speech-language Pathology background. Also, no room for growth in responsibilities or pay increases.

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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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