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Speech Therapist Salary

Most Speech Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $56K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $43K, and the top verges on $99K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although the greater part have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Speech Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,823 - $78,214
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,606
10%
50%
90%

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$26.04 - $54.36
(Median)
$26
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,823 - $78,214  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,900  
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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$42,755 - $99,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.04 - $54.36  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $78.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,900  
   
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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$42,755 - $99,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Speech Therapists make a median salary of $71K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $78K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%
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