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Speech Therapist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Speech Therapists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $55K annually on average. Pay generally varies between $42K and $99K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Speech Therapists is high. 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 more than half claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,564 - $77,876
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,228
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90%

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$26.06 - $54.30
(Median)
$26
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,564 - $77,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,440  
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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$42,083 - $99,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.06 - $54.30  
   
Overtime
$1.71 - $78.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,440  
   
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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$42,083 - $99,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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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.

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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 $60K.

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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 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 $67K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Speech Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $77K.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
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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