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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $19.87 per hour. Earnings sit near $13.47 per hour on the lower side but can approach $32.05 on the higher side. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,565 - $51,086
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$51K
MEDIAN: $38,570
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$13.47 - $32.05
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$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,565 - $51,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,943  
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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$26,379 - $61,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.47 - $32.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,943  
   
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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$26,379 - $61,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 688

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Job Description for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) undergo academic and on-the-job training. These assistants have been available to people since the 1970s. The assistants have to be able to work with individuals from all ages and backgrounds. They help to administer hearing, speech, and language evaluations and tests, and help to examine the patients. SPLAs assist in developing and implementing treatment plans for stuttering, delayed language, or voice problems. They also observe and document the progress and treatment of the patient and monitor the operation of equipment and record the use of this equipment. They can also transport patients to and from treatment areas, lift and transfer them according to positioning requirements, and secure them into or onto therapy equipment. They also have to comply with regulations and requirements set forth for SLPAs. Though these assistants have a wide range of responsibilities, they also have to be aware of certain tasks that they are not allowed to perform or develop, and they must modify any treatment plan given to the patient. They are not allowed to perform standardized diagnostic tests or interpret the test results. They are also not allowed to screen or diagnose the patients or participate in parent conferences or case conferences. SLPAs cannot discharge or make referrals for patients. Most importantly, they cannot represent themselves as a speech-language pathologist. SLPAs need to have at least an associate's degree from a technical training program. This career can be a very challenging and stimulating job. However, the gratification one feels from helping others far outweighs any challenges they may face.


Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Tasks

  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lift and transfer them according to positioning requirements, secure into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment.
  • Assist in administering hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
  • Observe and document the progress of treatment.
  • Assist in developing and implementing treatment plans for stuttering, delayed language, or voice problems.

Common Career Paths for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)


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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants who advance into the role of a Speech-Language Pathologist are fairly uncommon. Speech-Language Pathologists on average earn $60K per year.

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autism, Spanish Language, Bilingual, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average. Aptitude in Spanish Language tends to also indicate an understanding of Speech Pathology.

Pay by Experience Level for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. For Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $48K.

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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%


Experienced
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Autism
up arrow 15%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Speech Pathology
up arrow 2%

Bilingual
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 40%
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