Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

The larger portion of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $21.47 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and slightly less than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,924 - $54,337
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MEDIAN: $39,896
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$14.73 - $32.43
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$0$63K
Salary $25,924 - $54,337
Bonus $102.13 - $7,757
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$29,140 - $63,388
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 408
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $14.73 - $32.43
Overtime $16.49 - $48.48
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $102.13 - $7,757
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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$29,140 - $63,388
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 624

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Speech Pathologist. The latter position pays an average of $69K annually. 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)


Speech-Language Pathology Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sign Language and English Language. Those educated in Spanish Language tend to be well versed in Bilingual. People who know Speech Pathology usually also know 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: $42,391

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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 home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

▲17%

▲8%

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 85 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 37%
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