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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $19.84 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.37 per hour, and the top verges on $32.08. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too.

$23,485 - $51,092
(Median)
$23K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,431
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$13.37 - $32.08
(Median)
$13
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$23,485 - $51,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$26,162 - $61,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $32.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
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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$26,162 - $61,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 664

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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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It's not very common for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants to move on to become Speech-Language Pathologists. Average pay for a Speech-Language Pathologist is $60K annually.

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Job skills reported by Speech-Language Pathology Assistants are limited. Most notably, skills in Autism, Spanish Language, Bilingual, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. On average, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants make $40K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $48K.

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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
up arrow 16%


Bilingual
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Speech Pathology
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 40%