Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Women comprise the majority of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $21.52 per hour on average. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,713 - $53,358
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$14.66 - $32.83
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$25,713 - $53,358  
   
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$146.81 - $7,946  
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$29,033 - $63,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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$14.66 - $32.83  
   
Overtime
$19.51 - $50.00  
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$146.81 - $7,946  
   
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$29,033 - $63,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 606

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Job Description for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPA) help clients improve their speech skills. Often, speech problems are corrected when a child is young, but adults can also be clients; some may suffer from certain conditions which cause difficulty speaking, so it is important to be sympathetic and understanding of these conditions.

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Tasks

  • Observe and document the progress of treatment.
  • Assist in developing and implementing treatment plans for stuttering, delayed language, or voice problems.
  • Assist in administering hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
  • 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.

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


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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Speech Pathologist. The average Speech Pathologist brings home $69K per year. A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant often moves on to become a Speech-Language Pathologist or a Speech Therapy Assistant.

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Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)


Survey results suggest that Speech-Language Pathology Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Spanish Language, Autism, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sign Language and English Language. Those educated in Spanish Language tend to be well versed in Bilingual. Those familiar with Speech Pathology tend to be well versed in Autism.

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

Pay by Experience for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 782 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 184 salaries. An experienced Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 104 salaries. A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,429

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For Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, working in the bustling city of Austin has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Orange (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Fayetteville is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (10 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 percent lower).

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)?

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in San Antonio:
"Highly rewarding."
Pros: I enjoy working in pediatrics and assisting in advancing the speech and language of children. I work with a variety of disorders such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Along with children whom are yet to be diagnosed and developmentally delayed.
Cons: Back-to-back scheduling.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in Dallas:
"It is a very rewarding field!"
Pros: The flexibility of the hours, and the fact that we get a 1-on-1 session. The paperwork is minimal, so we get to truly enjoy the work we do with every patient. The pay is great and, depending on the company, the supervisors are great too!
Cons: There is no way "up." Without a Masters, you are stuck in an assistant position forever. No way to grow in the field other than sideways.

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Key Stats for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼2%

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

▲10%


Autism
▲6%

Speech Pathology
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

English Language
▼10%

Sign Language
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 39%