Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $20.32 per hour. Pay generally varies between $14.16 per hour and $32.27. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Approximately two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,227 - $50,982
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$24K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,980
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$14.16 - $32.27
(Median)
$14
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,227 - $50,982  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
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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$27,509 - $62,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $32.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
   
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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$27,509 - $62,253  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 806
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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

  • 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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Speech-Language Pathologist, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $61K per year.

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Autism, Bilingual, Spanish Language, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Spanish Language and Speech Pathology are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $41K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $45K. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$41,000


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

Autism
up arrow 14%

Bilingual
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National Average
$41,000

Speech Pathology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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