The larger portion of Speech-Language Pathologists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $58K per year. Total cash compensation to Speech-Language Pathologists bottoms out near $48K and approaches $100K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Speech-Language Pathologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half.

$42,903 - $79,282
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MEDIAN: $58,379
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$29.11 - $54.49
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$42,903 - $79,282  
   
Bonus
$206.85 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,630  
Total Pay (?
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$47,746 - $99,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,958
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$29.11 - $54.49  
   
Overtime
$40.24 - $67.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.85 - $5,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,630  
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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$47,746 - $99,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,947
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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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For Speech-Language Pathologists, progressing to a Rehabilitation Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Rehabilitation Director can earn $88K annually. A Speech-Language Pathologist often moves on to become a Speech Pathologist or a Speech-Language Therapist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Speech-Language Pathologists include EBS Healthcare, RehabCare, Aegis Therapies, Inc., Genesis HealthCare, and Genesis Rehab Services. Rehab Group offers the largest salaries in town — $83K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Genesis Group, Genesis Rehab Services, and Kindred Healthcare, top-paying firms where Speech-Language Pathologists rake in a respectable $81K, $81K, or $80K, respectively.

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital offers the least pay with a median salary of $61K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $77K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Select Medical Corporation ($71K), HCR ManorCare ($73K), and EBS Healthcare ($73K).

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 Home Health/Home Care, Long Term Care, Geriatrics, and Dysphagia are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include early intervention, Childhood Education, and Autism. Most people skilled in Rehabilitation are similarly competent in Geriatrics and Long Term Care. Those proficient in Speech Pathology are, more often than not, also skilled in Pediatrics.

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 $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $82K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,561

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For those looking to make money, Speech-Language Pathologists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Speech-Language Pathologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Speech-Language Pathologists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Speech-Language Pathologists in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (11 percent less) and Denver (6 percent less).

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
$69,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
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AAC
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Spanish Language
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Speech Pathology
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National Average
$69,000


Autism
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early intervention
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 329 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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