Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for speech language pathologists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 155,035 speech language pathologists currently employed in the United States.
  • 91.1% of all speech language pathologists are women, while 8.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed speech language pathologist is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of speech language pathologists is White (77.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (9.5%), Black or African American (4.8%) and Asian (4.5%).
  • Speech language pathologists are most in-demand in Houston, TX.
  • Redwood City, CA pays an annual average wage of $85,108, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
  • California is the best state for speech language pathologists to live.
  • Speech language pathologists are 58% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Speech Language Pathologist Statistics By Gender

91.1% of speech language pathologists are women and 8.9% of speech language pathologists are men.

  • Female, 91.1%
  • Male, 8.9%

Speech Language Pathologists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female91.1%
Male8.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Speech Language Pathologist

Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$58,663
female-income
Female Income
$51,320

Speech Language Pathologist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the speech language pathologist position over time.

Male
Female
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2011
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Speech Language Pathologist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
20109.54%90.46%
20118.39%91.61%
20126.19%93.81%
20137.62%92.38%
20145.68%94.32%
20158.90%91.10%
20168.83%91.17%
201710.25%89.75%
20188.07%91.93%
20199.08%90.92%
20208.86%91.14%
20218.90%91.10%

Speech Language Pathologist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, flight surgeon and optometrist, owner have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Staff Nurse Midwife2%98%
Perinatal Nurse3%97%
Therapeutic Dietitian3%97%
Speech Language Pathologist9%91%
Radiology Resident75%25%
Optometrist, Owner76%24%
Flight Surgeon82%18%

Speech Language Pathologist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among speech language pathologists is White, which makes up 77.1% of all speech language pathologists. Comparatively, there are 9.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 4.8% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 77.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.5%
  • Black or African American, 4.8%
  • Asian, 4.5%
  • Unknown, 3.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Speech Language Pathologist Race

Speech Language Pathologist RacePercentages
White77.1%
Hispanic or Latino9.5%
Black or African American4.8%
Asian4.5%
Unknown3.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Speech Language Pathologist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among speech language pathologists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Speech Language Pathologist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201084.63%5.12%2.60%6.16%
201182.61%5.03%2.76%7.90%
201283.60%4.34%2.93%7.53%
201383.65%4.49%2.42%7.93%
201483.43%4.93%3.15%7.16%
201583.86%4.56%2.58%7.69%
201682.08%4.53%3.33%8.92%
201782.76%4.06%2.65%9.31%
201880.92%4.31%3.08%9.40%
201982.86%4.15%3.33%8.09%
202079.96%4.36%3.11%9.31%
202177.11%4.82%4.47%9.47%

Speech Language Pathologist Wage Gap By Race

Asian speech language pathologists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White speech language pathologists have the lowest average salary at $57,395.
$61,000
$60,000
$59,000
$58,000
$57,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$58,077
White$57,395
Black or African American$59,574
Asian$60,036
Hispanic or Latino$58,275

Average Age of a Speech Language Pathologist

We determined the average age of speech language pathologists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Speech Language Pathologist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown38
White42.539
Black or African American38
Asian34
Hispanic or Latino35

Speech Language Pathologist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of speech language pathologist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of speech language pathologists is 40+ years old, which represents 45% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Speech Language Pathologist Age

Speech Language Pathologist YearsPercentages
40+ years45%
30-40 years35%
20-30 years20%

Types of Speech Language Pathologist Degree Levels

The most common degree for speech language pathologists is bachelor's degree 51% of speech language pathologists earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 46% and rounding it off is associate degree with 2%.

  • Bachelors, 51%
  • Masters, 46%
  • Associate, 2%
  • Doctorate, 0%
  • Other Degrees, 1%

Speech Language Pathologists By Education

Speech Language Pathologist DegreePercentages
Bachelors51%
Masters46%
Associate2%
Doctorate0%
Other Degrees1%

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Speech Language Pathologist Wage Gap By Education

$75,000
$74,000
$73,000
$72,000
$71,000
$70,000
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$74,607
Doctorate Degree$70,985

Speech Language Pathologist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where speech language pathologists work. We found most speech language pathologists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most speech language pathologists is the health care industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire speech language pathologists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Speech Language Pathologist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees14%
100 - 500 employees28%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees30%
> 10,000 employees14%

The Types Of Companies Speech Language Pathologist Work In

Employees with the speech language pathologist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most speech language pathologists prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Speech Language Pathologist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education35%
Public4%
Private58%
Government3%

Top Industries Hiring Speech Language Pathologists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ speech language pathologists. Those industries include health care, education and professional.

Health Care

Education

Professional

Government

Non Profits

Speech Language Pathologist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Speech Language Pathologist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of speech language pathologists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Speech Language Pathologist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearSpeech Language Pathologist Unemployment Rate
20100.82%
20110.76%
20121.15%
20130.96%
20140.82%
20150.63%
20160.82%
20171.00%
20180.95%
20190.73%
20200.91%
20210.89%

The Average Number of Years That Speech Language Pathologist Stay in a Job

By looking over 27,565 speech language pathologists resumes, we figured out that the average speech language pathologist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 28%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Speech Language Pathologist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year24%
1-2 years28%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years17%
8-10 years8%
11+ years11%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Speech Language Pathologists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to speech language pathologists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Speech Language Pathologist5.69%-
Adolescent Medicine Specialist9.88%13,473
Hospitalist Physician Assistant11.62%41,862
Sex Therapist13.00%33,260
Medicine Worker13.05%29,829
Eye Specialist17.57%5,904
Associate Professor Program Director Nurse Anesthesia31.64%75,423

Speech Language Pathologist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Adolescent Medicine Specialist9.88%13,473
Hospitalist Physician Assistant11.62%41,862
Sex Therapist13.00%33,260
Medicine Worker13.05%29,829
Eye Specialist17.57%5,904
Associate Professor Program Director Nurse Anesthesia31.64%75,423

Foreign Languages Spoken By Speech Language Pathologists

The most common foreign language among speech language pathologists is Spanish at 65.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.3% and Russian is the third-most popular at 5.7%.

  • Spanish, 65.2%
  • French, 6.3%
  • Russian, 5.7%
  • Italian, 2.8%
  • German, 2.2%
  • Other, 17.8%

Speech Language Pathologist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish65.2%
French6.3%
Russian5.7%
Italian2.8%
German2.2%
Other17.8%

Speech Language Pathologist Jobs

Speech Language Pathologist Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a speech language pathologist can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of speech language pathologists is $69,121. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Speech Language Pathologists Earn The Most?

Speech language pathologists earn the most in California, where the average speech language pathologist salary is $82,600. The map here shows where speech language pathologists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Speech Language Pathologists?

By looking through more than 27,565 resumes, we found that the most popular places for speech language pathologists are New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Number of Speech Language Pathologists

Number Of Speech Language Pathologist Jobs By State

Where Are Speech Language Pathologists In High Demand?

Speech language pathologists are in high demand in Houston, TX. There are currently 128 job openings for speech language pathologists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country speech language pathologists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Speech Language Pathologist Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Speech Language Pathologists Are Female?

88.2% of speech language pathologists are female in the United States. This is -1.3 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female speech language pathologists has increased by 0.6 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 139,287 female speech language pathologists in the U.S. and 18,635 male speech language pathologists in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 157,922 people with the specific job title of speech language pathologist and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Speech Language Pathologist Are There In The Us?

There are over 155,035 Speech Language Pathologists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Speech Language Pathologists Are Black?

4.8% of Speech Language Pathologists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Speech Language Pathologists?

Most a are White, with 77.1% of Speech Language Pathologists belonging to this ethnicity. 9.5% of Speech Language Pathologists are Hispanic or Latino, 4.8% of Speech Language Pathologists are Black or African American, 4.5% of Speech Language Pathologists are Asian, 3.8% of Speech Language Pathologists are Unknown, and 0.3% of Speech Language Pathologists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Speech Language Pathologist Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Speech Language Pathologist jobs are not male - dominated. 91% of Speech Language Pathologists are female, and 8% are male, so there are more female Speech Language Pathologists than male Speech Language Pathologists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Speech Language Pathologist?

The average Speech Language Pathologist is 40 years old. 45% of Speech Language Pathologists are 40+ years old or older, 35% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 20% are between 20-30 years old

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