Speech Therapist Salary

Speech Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $57K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Speech Therapists is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,210 - $78,773
$41K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $56,908
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$28.74 - $52.32
$29
$39
$52
MEDIAN: $38.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,210 - $78,773  
   
Bonus
$1,017  
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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$45,167 - $98,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$28.74 - $52.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$43.52 - $71.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,017  
   
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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$45,167 - $98,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243

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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.

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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 Speech Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $72K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Speech Therapists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $79K.

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Key Stats for Speech Therapist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$66,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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