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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary (United States)

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 participants.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary (?
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$22,905 - $52,041
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MEDIAN: $38,311
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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary (?
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$13.35 - $31.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$22,905 - $52,041  
   
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$0.00 - $1,510  
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$25,854 - $61,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $31.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$25,854 - $61,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 618
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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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Speech-Language Pathologist. The average pay for a Speech-Language Pathologist is $60K annually.

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Job skills reported by Speech-Language Pathology Assistants are limited. Bilingual and Spanish Language are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 4 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Spanish Language to be familiar with Speech Pathology as well.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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With a pay rate for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), San Antonio (+18 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Dallas (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa.

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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

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

Bilingual
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Spanish Language
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National Average
$40,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
95%
female alumni
 
Male
5%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 38%