Speech Therapist Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Speech Therapist is $53,498 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Speech Therapist Salary (?
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$39,472 - $77,955
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,497
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Speech Therapist Salary (?
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$25.81 - $56.77
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,472 - $77,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$42,291 - $100,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.81 - $56.77  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $77.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
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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$42,291 - $100,809  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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Dallas
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Los Angeles
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$65,000
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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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$65,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 28%