Speech Therapist Salary

Speech Therapists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $56K per year. Earnings sit near $43K on the lower side but can approach $101K per year on the higher side. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,991 - $78,012

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$25.93 - $54.33

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$42,863 - $100,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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Overtime
$25.21 - $73.20  
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Total Pay (?
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$42,863 - $100,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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Speech Therapists who go on to become Speech-Language Pathologists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Speech-Language Pathologist, an upper-level role, pays $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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Speech Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $61K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. 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 $78K.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

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National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 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
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 31%
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