Speech Therapists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $57K annually for pay. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,573 - $78,976
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,185
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$28.80 - $51.88
(Median)
$29
$39
$52
MEDIAN: $38.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,573 - $78,976  
   
Bonus
$1,028  
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).
)
$44,458 - $98,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$28.80 - $51.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$44.57 - $71.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,028  
   
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).
)
$44,458 - $98,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

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 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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $72K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Speech Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $79K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 28%
ADVERTISEMENT