Speech Therapist Salary

Speech Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $57K annually for pay. Earnings sit near $43K on the lower side but can approach $100K per year on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Speech Therapists is high. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,015 - $78,908
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,082
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$26.90 - $52.66
(Median)
$27
$37
$53
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,015 - $78,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,949  
Total Pay (?
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$43,092 - $100,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$26.90 - $52.66  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,949  
   
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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$43,092 - $100,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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Job Description for Speech Therapist

Social skills are a must for speech therapists, since this job demands that they know a lot about why people do the things they do. Speech therapists usually must have a master’s degree in speech therapy, as well as a state license to administer therapy. Speech therapists must be able to work with people from all walks of life, such as individuals with learning disabilities, trauma victims, and others with speech-related issues.

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Speech Therapist Tasks

  • Administer hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
  • Evaluate hearing, speech and language test results, medical background to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing disorders.
  • Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
  • Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.

Common Career Paths for Speech Therapist


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For Speech Therapists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Speech Therapists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Speech-Language Pathologist.

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Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist

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


For Speech Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $69K. For Speech Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Speech Therapists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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