Speech Therapist Salary

Most Speech Therapists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $57K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Speech Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,057 - $78,481
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$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,535
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$28.15 - $58.87
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$59
MEDIAN: $39.34
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$0$101K
Salary $41,057 - $78,481
Bonus $491 - $7,000
Total Pay (?
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$45,874 - $101,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 271
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $28.15 - $58.87
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $36.21 - $64.94
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $491 - $7,000
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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$45,874 - $101,664
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242

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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Speech Therapist


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Speech Therapists often transition into a Speech-Language Pathologist position. Speech-Language Pathologists report a slightly lower median income of $61K.

Speech Therapist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Speech Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Speech Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Speech Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 268 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Speech Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 131 salaries. An experienced Speech Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 118 salaries. A Speech Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 88 salaries.

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Key Stats for Speech Therapist

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Speech Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$66,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 29%