Speech Therapist Salary

Speech Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $56K per year for pay. Pay ranges from $43K on the low end to $100K per year on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Speech Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,973 - $78,071
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,742
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$26.22 - $54.24
(Median)
$26
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,973 - $78,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,792  
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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$43,070 - $100,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$26.22 - $54.24  
   
Overtime
$13.75 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,792  
   
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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$43,070 - $100,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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Job Description for Speech Therapist

A speech therapist is a specialist who works to diagnose and treat many different speech, language, and voice disorders. The therapist will evaluate speech and language test results, hearing ability, and medical background to diagnose the issue and then plan, develop, implement, and monitor the appropriate treatment for problems like stuttering, delayed speech skills in children, swallowing disorders and voice problems. A speech therapist keeps records of the initial tests and evaluations, treatment, patient progress, and eventual discharge upon completion of the planned treatment. Quite often, treatment involves teaching patients communication techniques and speech, muscle, and breathing exercises to practice at home during and after treatment. The job is not physically demanding but can be mentally and emotionally taxing, as progress can be slow and the therapy is not an easy process. A speech therapist needs to be attentive to detail and must have the ability to focus in order to properly diagnose the issue and assess the need for any other medical intervention. Speech disorders are usually related to other conditions, so speech therapists must be able to work as a team that includes other healthcare professionals. The therapist must be able to comprehend and empathize with patients and their families. A master's degree in speech pathology is required for the job, as well as supervised clinical experience and an acceptable passing grade on a national examination. At least nine months of post-degree professional experience is needed, as well. The ability to properly diagnose patients and plan out the correct treatments only come with the years of experience end education required for the job.


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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $61K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $67K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $78K.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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