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.
|Salary||$41,210 - $78,773|
|Total Pay (||$45,167 - $98,007|
|Hourly Rate||$28.74 - $52.32|
|Overtime||$43.52 - $71.47|
|Total Pay (||$45,167 - $98,007|
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.Read More...
Speech therapists need to be compassionate and open-minded individuals who have the ability to put themselves into any person’s shoes. Speech therapists must have extensive organizational skills, since they have many different kinds of patients. They must be able to work in large groups or individually, depending on the situation. They must be able to adapt quickly and act flexibly to accommodate any sudden needs that may arise. Another important tool for a speech therapist is the ability to admit to making mistakes. Speech therapists need to be able to work hard for long periods of time, as the job can be very demanding. Problem-solving capabilities are a must, as many new, complicated situations can pop up at any point during therapy sessions. A well-rounded individual with all of these qualities should be competent and capable of becoming an excellent speech therapist.
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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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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