Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Most Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $20.32 per hour. Pay ranges from $14.16 per hour on the low end to $32.27 on the high end. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than two-fifths have dental coverage, nearly two in five claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,227 - $50,982
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MEDIAN: $38,980
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$14.16 - $32.27
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$14
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$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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Professional skills reported by Speech-Language Pathology Assistants are few in number. 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. Aptitude in Spanish Language tends to also indicate an understanding of Speech Pathology.

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

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. For Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income 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 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
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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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