Speech Therapist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Speech Therapist is $51,482 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Speech Therapist Total Pay (?
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$39,119 - $76,765
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MEDIAN: $51,482
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Speech Therapist Total Pay (?
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$25.20 - $58.61
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,119 - $76,765  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$40,765 - $101,499  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.20 - $58.61  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$40,765 - $101,499  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Houston
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Philadelphia
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New York
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$64,000
San Antonio
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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$64,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%
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Gender
Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 28%
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