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Speech Therapist Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Speech Therapists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $55K per year. Earnings sit near $43K on the lower side but can approach $101K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Speech Therapists is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Speech Therapist Salary (?
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$39,765 - $78,841
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MEDIAN: $55,424
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Speech Therapist Salary (?
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$26.07 - $55.41
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,765 - $78,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,859  
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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$43,299 - $101,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$26.07 - $55.41  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $77.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,859  
   
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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$43,299 - $101,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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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As Speech Therapists make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Higher-end positions, such as Speech-Language Therapist, pay amounts similar to Speech Therapists on average.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $62K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $67K on average. For Speech Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $79K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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National Average
$65,000
San Antonio
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Speech Therapists, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Speech Therapists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+1 percent). Speech Therapists in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 29%