Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $19.81 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.35 per hour to $31.68. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just under one-half claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey
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.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Job Listings