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Speech Therapist Salary

The larger portion of Speech Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $56K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $43K, and the top verges on $100K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Speech Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,077 - $78,325
(Median)
$40K
$56K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,053
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50%
90%

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$26.01 - $54.42
(Median)
$26
$36
$54
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$40,077 - $78,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,081  
Total Pay (?
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$43,244 - $100,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$26.01 - $54.42  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $77.57  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,081  
   
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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$43,244 - $100,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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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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Many Speech Therapists move into a Speech-Language Pathologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Speech-Language Pathologists on average bring in a similar salary to Speech Therapists.

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Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. Speech Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $71K. 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

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$65,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%