Speech Therapist Salary

Most Speech Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $57K annually. Earnings generally vary between $43K and $100K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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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90%

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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.

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Speech Therapists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Speech-Language Pathologist. Median pay for Speech-Language Pathologists is $61K.

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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 many Speech Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $69K. Speech Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $78K.

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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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