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 $20.04 per hour. Compensation ranges from $13.68 per hour on the lower end to $31.99 on the higher end. Geography 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. Although two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,841 - $51,031

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$13.68 - $31.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,841 - $51,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,917  
Total Pay (?
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$26,737 - $61,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $31.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,917  
   
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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$26,737 - $61,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733
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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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While Speech-Language Pathology Assistants do not often become Speech-Language Pathologists, the job pays $60K per year on average.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Speech-Language Pathology Assistants who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Autism, Spanish Language, Bilingual, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average. Employees educated in Spanish Language are typically practiced in Speech Pathology, too.

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

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $43K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants make a median salary of $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 $49K.

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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
$40,000


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

Autism
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Bilingual
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National Average
$40,000

Speech Pathology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 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: 56% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 41%
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