Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $20.75 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly two in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,330 - $52,060
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MEDIAN: $40,216
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$14.39 - $34.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,330 - $52,060  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
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$29,036 - $63,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $34.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$19.62 - $50.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$486.45 - $7,891  
   
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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$29,036 - $63,218  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 633
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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.

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Many Speech-Language Pathology Assistants move into a Speech-Language Pathologist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $61K per year.

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Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)


Speech-Language Pathology Assistants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Bilingual, Speech Pathology, and Autism are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sign Language and English Language. Most people familiar with Speech Pathology also know Autism. For most people, competency in Spanish Language indicates knowledge of Bilingual.

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

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $48K on average. On average, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $58K.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%


Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000


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


Bilingual
up arrow 8%

Speech Pathology
0%

National Average
$42,000

Autism
up arrow 1%

English Language
up arrow 9%

Sign Language
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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