Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salary

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $21.48 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half get dental coverage, too. Most Speech-Language Pathology Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,893 - $55,079
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MEDIAN: $40,003
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$14.85 - $32.62
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$0$63K
Salary $25,893 - $55,079
Bonus $-0.50 - $7,796
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$29,284 - $63,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 411
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $14.85 - $32.62
Overtime $16.34 - $45.73
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $-0.50 - $7,796
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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$29,284 - $63,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 640

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Job Description for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPA) help clients improve their speech skills. Often, speech problems are corrected when a child is young, but adults can also be clients; some may suffer from certain conditions which cause difficulty speaking, so it is important to be sympathetic and understanding of these conditions.

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Tasks

  • Observe and document the progress of treatment.
  • Assist in developing and implementing treatment plans for stuttering, delayed language, or voice problems.
  • Assist in administering hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lift and transfer them according to positioning requirements, secure into or onto therapy equipment.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment.

Common Career Paths for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)


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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Speech Pathologist. The latter position pays an average of $69K annually. It is not unusual for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant to become a Speech-Language Pathologist or a Speech Therapy Assistant.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)


Survey results show that Speech-Language Pathology Assistants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Bilingual, Spanish Language, Autism, and Speech Pathology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sign Language and English Language. Those familiar with Speech Pathology tend to be well versed in Autism. Most people experienced in Spanish Language also know Bilingual.

Pay by Experience Level for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Pay by Experience for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 782 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 184 salaries. An experienced Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 104 salaries. A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,668

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Austin provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Orange (+18 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). In Fayetteville, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)?

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in San Antonio:
"Highly rewarding."
Pros: I enjoy working in pediatrics and assisting in advancing the speech and language of children. I work with a variety of disorders such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Along with children whom are yet to be diagnosed and developmentally delayed.
Cons: Back-to-back scheduling.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in Dallas:
"It is a very rewarding field!"
Pros: The flexibility of the hours, and the fact that we get a 1-on-1 session. The paperwork is minimal, so we get to truly enjoy the work we do with every patient. The pay is great and, depending on the company, the supervisors are great too!
Cons: There is no way "up." Without a Masters, you are stuck in an assistant position forever. No way to grow in the field other than sideways.

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Key Stats for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Salaries

▲10%


Autism
▲5%

Speech Pathology
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

English Language
▼11%

Sign Language
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 38%
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