Speech Therapist Salary

Most Speech Therapists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $57K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Most Speech Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,048 - $78,753
$41K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,052
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$29.09 - $52.82
$29
$39
$53
MEDIAN: $39.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,048 - $78,753  
   
Bonus
$1,008  
Total Pay (?
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$45,263 - $98,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$29.09 - $52.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$43.46 - $71.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,008  
   
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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$45,263 - $98,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232

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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

  • Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
  • Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.
  • Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Speech Therapist


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Many Speech Therapists move into a Speech-Language Pathologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Speech-Language Pathologists on average bring in a similar salary to Speech Therapists.

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Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Speech Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Speech Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 268 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Speech Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Speech Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 118 salaries. A Speech Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 88 salaries.

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Key Stats for Speech Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$66,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 29%