Updated August 18, 2021
Average Speech Language Pathologist Salary
$68,000 yearly
$32.81 hourly

Entry level Salary
$53,000 yearly
$53,000
10 %
$68,000
Median
$87,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$87,000$7,250$42
75th Percentile$77,000$6,417$37
Average$68,253$5,688$33
25th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
10th Percentile$53,000$4,417$25

Average Speech Language Pathologist Salary By State

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Speech Language Pathologist average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$54,330$26.12155
Alaska$79,524$38.2328
Arizona$67,739$32.57337
Arkansas$60,618$29.1478
California$74,044$35.601,957
Colorado$64,630$31.07284
Connecticut$71,141$34.20233
Delaware$70,100$33.7093
District of Columbia$77,173$37.1041
Florida$61,892$29.761,166
Georgia$63,143$30.36441
Hawaii$66,095$31.7865
Idaho$65,259$31.3766
Illinois$65,025$31.26688
Indiana$62,812$30.20366
Iowa$65,013$31.26232
Kansas$61,945$29.78201
Kentucky$62,185$29.90200
Louisiana$62,133$29.87177
Maine$48,681$23.4053
Maryland$74,334$35.74389
Massachusetts$70,346$33.82620
Michigan$63,880$30.71375
Minnesota$57,305$27.55226
Mississippi$70,998$34.1384
Missouri$69,406$33.37268
Montana$57,254$27.5357
Nebraska$55,511$26.69122
Nevada$62,462$30.0397
New Hampshire$63,880$30.71271
New Jersey$71,943$34.59306
New Mexico$61,822$29.72151
New York$70,991$34.13638
North Carolina$64,859$31.18498
North Dakota$57,807$27.7961
Ohio$61,873$29.75364
Oklahoma$60,576$29.1297
Oregon$70,137$33.72209
Pennsylvania$65,908$31.69367
Rhode Island$67,461$32.4364
South Carolina$67,446$32.43301
South Dakota$56,868$27.3451
Tennessee$60,603$29.14188
Texas$61,649$29.641,175
Utah$63,032$30.3056
Vermont$61,933$29.78119
Virginia$69,235$33.29565
Washington$68,330$32.85440
West Virginia$54,939$26.41262
Wisconsin$63,456$30.51239
Wyoming$62,347$29.9727

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Highest Paying Cities For Speech Language Pathologist

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Washington, DC$77,272$37.15
Redwood City, CA$75,261$36.18
Baltimore, MD$74,500$35.82
New York, NY$71,466$34.36
Portland, OR$69,777$33.55
Spanaway, WA$69,050$33.20

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How much does a Speech Language Pathologist make?

The average Speech Language Pathologist salary is $68,253 per year, or $32.81 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $53,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $87,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Maryland, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut provide the highest Speech Language Pathologist salaries.

Average Speech Language Pathologist Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$68,300$32.81+1.2%
    2021$67,500$32.43+2.5%
    2020$65,800$31.62+1.7%
    2019$64,600$31.08+2.5%
    2018$63,000$30.29+1.0%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Graduate Student Clinician

    Avg. salary: $57,533

    Graduate student clinicians can be a nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or doctor whose primary job is to work with patients and assist patients in managing their medical condition or illness. They perform varied duties and responsibilities that include maintaining a good relationship with patients, discussing the treatment progress to patients, and documenting patients' medical history. Additionally, they are also responsible for assisting physicians on non-surgical procedures, updating the medical information of patients on charts, and giving diagnostic tests.
    33,090 Graduate Student Clinician Jobs
    Student Clinician

    Avg. salary: $52,947

    A Student Clinician is a healthcare practitioner who works as caregiver of a patient in a hospital or clinic. They integrate knowledge obtained in courses into the clinical practicum assignments.
    29,902 Student Clinician Jobs
    Graduate Student Internship

    Avg. salary: $31,564

    Graduate interns work in different industries, and their job responsibilities may vary. As a graduate student intern, you may be expected to offer your services free of charge to the company you find placement in exchange for the experience you'll be getting. In other cases, you may be offered compensation of some sort. Most often than not, you will be assigned to a department to work under the supervision of the head of that unit.
    83,033 Graduate Student Internship Jobs
    Speech Therapist

    Avg. salary: $61,744

    Speech Therapists work with patients across multiple age groups to facilitate the treatment of speech and language disorders, such as stammers and stutters. They work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly.
    53,167 Speech Therapist Jobs
    Speech/Language Therapist

    Avg. salary: $64,166

    A Speech And Language Specialist assesses, analyzes, and diagnoses patients communication competencies. They write diagnostic reports for patients with language disorders.
    42,781 Speech/Language Therapist Jobs
    Speech-Language Pathology Internship

    Avg. salary: $65,564

    In a speech-language pathology internship, an intern's duties vary depending on a supervising pathologist or manager's directives. They typically gather industry insights and practical experience while performing support tasks such as answering calls and correspondence, preparing and processing documents, organizing files, maintaining records, assisting clients with filling up forms, and running errands as needed. They may also help pathologists in developing materials and strategies in adherence to the clients' needs. Moreover, as an intern, it is essential to understand and abide by the facility's rules and policies, including state laws and regulations.
    99,170 Speech-Language Pathology Internship Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Graduate Student Clinician$57,533$4,794$27.6633,090
    Student Clinician$52,948$4,412$25.4629,902
    Graduate Student Internship$31,565$2,630$15.1883,033
    Speech Therapist$61,745$5,145$29.6953,167
    Speech/Language Therapist$64,167$5,347$30.8542,781
    Speech-Language Pathology Internship$65,565$5,464$31.5299,170
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    Speech Language Pathologist Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Speech Language Pathologist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.
    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$65,600$31.55
    Mid Level$71,000$34.13
    Senior Level$71,600$34.40

    Which Companies Pay Speech Language Pathologists The Most?

    To earn a high income as a Speech Language Pathologist, working for Mayo Clinic or Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Massachusetts General Hospital and Columbine Health Systems report highly competitive wages for Speech Language Pathologists.
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    Recently Added Speech Language Pathologist Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Centura HealthSpeech Language Pathologist (Inpatient/Outpatient) As NeededWestminster, CO12/31/2021$69,768
    Therapeutic AssociatesSpeech Language PathologistSpringfield, OR12/30/2021$77,219
    Brightspring Health ServicesSpeech Language PathologistDenver, CO12/30/2021$79,306
    HCR Manorcare Inc.Speech Language Pathologist-SLP-PRNBrighton, CO12/30/2021$104,350
    Promedica Senior CareSpeech Language Pathologist-SLP-PRNBoulder, CO12/30/2021$104,350
    Select MedicalSpeech Language Pathologist (M-F 8AM PM)-SSM Health Day InstituteLake Saint Louis, MO12/30/2021$79,306
    Aveanna HealthcareSpeech Language Pathologist (SLP)-Home HealthFort Collins, CO12/29/2021$104,350
    Encompass Health Corp.Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)-Home Health-PRNThornton, CO12/29/2021$125,220
    National Staffing SolutionsSpeech Language Pathologist-SNFAlexandria, VA12/28/2021$83,480
    National Staffing SolutionsSpeech Language Pathologist-SNFUrban Honolulu, HI12/28/2021$83,480

    Average Speech Language Pathologist Salary by Demographic

    Speech Language Pathologist Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $75,883
    female-income
    Female Income
    $71,752
    GenderIncome
    Male$75,883
    Female$71,752
    Median Speech Language Pathologist Income 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 $71,105.
    $80,000
    $64,000
    $48,000
    $32,000
    $16,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$71,105
    Black or African American$72,711
    Asian$77,341
    Hispanic or Latino$74,116
    Average Speech Language Pathologist Salary by Education Level
    $75,000
    $60,000
    $45,000
    $30,000
    $15,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    Master's Degree$71,752

    Speech Language Pathologist Salaries FAQs

    Do speech-language pathologists make good money?

    Yes, speech-language pathologists make good money. The average salary for a speech-language pathologist is $83,240 a year or $49.02 an hour. However, the pay range for speech pathologists can go as high as $136,000 a year to as low as $20,500 a year.

    The most influential factors that determine how much a speech pathologist can earn includes:

    • The location of the position.

    • The type of speech pathologist.

    • The industry

    • The number of years of experience.

    States where speech-language pathologists make the most money:

    • Massachusetts averages $113,261 a year ($54.45 an hour)

    • Alaska averages $106,928 a year ($51.41 an hour)

    • Nevada averages $106,083 a year ($51.00 an hour)

    • Washington averages $104,355 a year ($50.17 an hour)

    • New York averages $101,494 a year ($48.80 an hour)

    States where speech-language pathologists make the least money:

    • Iowa averages $81,360 a year ($39.12 an hour)

    • Alabama averages $80,525 a year ($38.71 an hour)

    • New Mexico averages $80,168 a year ($38.54 an hour)

    • Florida averages $77,713 a year ($37.36 an hour)

    • Mississippi averages $77,278 a year ($37.15 an hour)

    The highest-paid types of positions for speech-language pathologists:

    • Elementary and secondary schools averages $75,670 a year ($ 36.38 an hour)

    • Offices of other health practitioners averages $86,020 a year ($41.36 an hour)

    • General medical and surgical hospitals average $87,480 a year ($ 42.06 an hour)

    • Home health care services averages $90,080 a year ($43.31 an hour)

    • Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) averages $94,560 a year ($45.46 an hour)

    The highest-paying industries for speech pathologists:

    • Management of companies and enterprises averages $114,790 a year ($55.19 an hour)

    • Child daycare services averages $102,540 a year ($49.30 an hour)

    • Offices of physicians averages $98,900 a year ($47.55 an hour)

    • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services $98,440 a year ($47.33 an hour)

    • Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly averages $ 97,150 a year ($ 46.71 an hour)

    Years of experience and pay rate for speech-language pathologists:

    • Entry-level SLP (less than one year of experience) earns $38.27.an hour

    • Early career SLP (1 to 2 years of experience) averages $39.55 an hour

    • Mid-career SLP (3 to 5 years of experience) averages $47.31 an hour

    • Senior career SLP (6 to 9 years of experience) averages $47.88 an hour

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    How much do speech pathologists make starting off?

    Speech pathologists make $66,682 a year starting off. However, the pay range for an entry-level speech pathologist can go from as high as $136,000 a year to as low as $20,500 a year.

    Fluctuations in pay rate reflect differences in location and the type of speech pathologist or industry.

    Highest paying states for entry-level speech pathologist positions:

    • Massachusetts averages $79,104 a year ($38.03 an hour)

    • Washington averages $71,932 a year ($34.58 an hour)

    • Maryland averages $70,308 a year ($33.80 an hour)

    • New York averages $69,378 a year ($33.35 an hour)

    • Kentucky averages $69,228 a year ($33.28 an hour)

    Lowest paying states for entry-level speech pathologist positions:

    • Iowa averages $55,297 a year ($26.59 an hour)

    • Alabama averages $54,983 a year ($26.43 an hour)

    • New Mexico averages $54,584 a year ($26.24 an hour)

    • Florida averages $53,063 a year ($25.51 an hour)

    • Mississippi $52,442 a year ($25.21 an hour)

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    Who is the highest-paid speech pathologist?

    The highest-paid speech pathologist is dependent on location and type of speech pathologist. The median salary for a speech pathologist in the United States is $98,823 annually. However, speech pathologists can earn as high as $166,500 a year.

    Type of speech pathologist and pay rate from highest to lowest:

    • Pathologist averages $115,266 a year ($55.42 an hour)

    • Pediatric speech pathologist averages $104,139 a year ($50.07 an hour)

    • Head of speech pathologist averages $97,433 a year ($46.84 an hour)

    • Head of Speech Pathologist Clinical Fellowship averages $94,770 a year ($45.56 an hour)

    • Senior speech pathologist averages $94,460 a year ($45.41 an hour)

    • Home health averages $76,000 a year

    • Outpatient clinics/offices average $73,500 a year

    • Pediatric hospitals average $78,000 a year

    • Rehabilitation hospitals average $79,000 a year

    • School psychologists averages $87,450 a year

    • Occupational speech therapists averages $86,210 a year

    • Interpreters and translators average $57,000 a year

    • Child and family social workers average $51,030 a year

    Top cities in pay rates for speech pathologists:

    • Bridgeport, Connecticut, averages $117,710 a year

    • Corvallis, Oregon, averages $105,380 a year

    • Chico, California, averages $104,640 a year

    • New York, New York, averages $104,180 a year

    • Bakersfield, California, averages $103,760 a year

    Top states in pay rate for speech pathologists:

    • Connecticut averages $101,410 a year

    • District of Columbia averages $99,430 a year

    • New York averages $96,770 a year

    • New Jersey averages $95,710 a year

    • California averages $92,740 a year

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