How Much Do Speech-Language Pathologists Make?

Great speech language pathology salaries are one of the reasons so many smart people get into the field. Not only is being an SLP an extremely rewarding career, SLPs also enjoy top beneifts and flexibility about where and how much they’d like to work.

Most SLPs work in schools, and many work 9 or 10 months a year and take advantage of education calendars that offer a lot of time off as well.

With thousands of openings, SLPs are in high demand and SLPs choose traveling or contract SLP jobs because they can experience a variety of settings and assignments while earning a high salary, receiving great benefits, and building a relationship with a company that offers career opportunities and a positive, supporting environment.

Every year, ASHA publishes its salary survey for Speech Language Pathologists (SLP).  You can see the results below:

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How much do Speech-Language Pathologists make in different states?

Rank State Annual Average Hourly Average Search Jobs
1 California $95,000 $44.32
2 Texas $92,160 $44.31
3 Washington $88,870 $42.72
4 Illinois $88,510 $42.55
5 Arizona $88,390 $42.50
6 Oregon $84,930 $40.83
7 New Mexico $84,890 $40.81
8 Kansas $83,430 $40.11
9 South Carolina $82,410 $39.62
10 Delaware $81,080 $38.98
11 Michigan $81,020 $38.95
12 Indiana $81,010 $38.95
13 Connecticut $80,710 $38.80
14 Minnesota $80,060 $38.49
15 North Carolina $78,740 $37.86
16 Tennessee $78,610 $37.79
17 New Jersey $77,620 $37.32
18 Massachusetts $77,030 $37.03
19 Maryland $76,760 $36.90
20 Ohio $76,130 $36.60
21 Pennsylvania $75,590 $36.34
22 New York $75,250 $36.18
23 Alaska $75,240 $36.17
24 Wisconsin $73,950 $35.55
25 Virginia $73,200 $35.19
26 Colorado $72,680 $34.94
27 Georgia $72,670 $34.94
28 Utah $72,490 $34.85
29 Idaho $72,440 $34.83

Data from 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rank State Annual Average Hourly Average Search Jobs
1 California $95,000 $44.32
2 Texas $92,160 $44.31
3 Washington $88,870 $42.72
4 Illinois $88,510 $42.55
5 Arizona $88,390 $42.50
6 Oregon $84,930 $40.83
7 New Mexico $84,890 $40.81
8 Kansas $83,430 $40.11
9 South Carolina $82,410 $39.62
10 Delaware $81,080 $38.98
11 Michigan $81,020 $38.95
12 Indiana $81,010 $38.95
13 Connecticut $80,710 $38.80
14 Minnesota $80,060 $38.49
15 North Carolina $78,740 $37.86
16 Tennessee $78,610 $37.79
17 New Jersey $77,620 $37.32
18 Massachusetts $77,030 $37.03
19 Maryland $76,760 $36.90
20 Ohio $76,130 $36.60
21 Pennsylvania $75,590 $36.34
22 New York $75,250 $36.18
23 Alaska $75,240 $36.17
24 Wisconsin $73,950 $35.55
25 Virginia $73,200 $35.19
26 Colorado $72,680 $34.94
27 Georgia $72,670 $34.94
28 Utah $72,490 $34.85
29 Idaho $72,440 $34.83

Data from 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics

Exclusive benefits of traveling as an SLP:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401(k) and Flex Spending
  • Life Insurance
  • Accident and Short-term Disability Coverage
  • Free Continuing Education and Certification
  • Free Private Housing (tax free)
  • Expense perdium (tax free)

Free Private Housing

Full Medical Coverage

Licensure Reimbursement

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“The reason I continue to work with TherapyTravelers is the pay for one is great, the benefits, the 401K match is awesome. Another reason is my relationship manager. She genuinely cares about what I do on a day to day basis.”

Riley, Speech Language Pathologist

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Traveling Speech Language Pathologists

Interestingly, 11% of all SLPs are travelers or contract workers. Those who work part time (an average of 20 hours per week), earn an average of $54 an hour. Those contract SLPs who work full time earn an average of $50 an hour. Beause of the nature of traveling assignments, SLPs find that they are financially ahead of directly-employed SLPs because while their hourly pay is competitive, they also receive housing and expense stipends

Total compensation is actually higher as traveling SLPs don’t pay income tax on expense stipends, and they have the advantage of free housing and financial support for expenses.

SLP Jobs are Growing Faster than the Average Occupation

There is high nationwide demand for SLPs, and it’s expected to continue. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, SLP jobs are projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. SLPs are needed across the U.S. which provides opportunity to experiment with location, setting, compensation and assignment type. Speech language pathologist salaries vary based on location, experience, setting and geography.

Speech Language Pathology Salary by Region, City, Population

Go where you want, the money will follow. Speech language pathologists in the Pacific region earn the highest median annual salaries, while those in the East South Central region earn the lowest. Annual salaries range from $58,000 to $90,000 depending on the region and the years of experience of the SLP.

Pacific Region: $90,000

Mountain Region: $63,000

West South Central Region: $58,000

East South Central Region: $65,000

South Atlantic Region: $60,000

West North Central $60,000

East North Central Region: $65,000

Middle Atlantic Region:: $75000

New England Region: $75,000

Speech Language Pathologist Salary by Population Density

There is an average of $10,000 difference between the salaries earned by SLPs who choose to work in an urban or city environment and those who prefer working in a rural environment.

Rural: $60,000

Suburban: $68,000

City/Urban: $70,000

Top 5 Destinations for Speech Language Pathologist Salaries

In addition to the population density of the city that an SLP chooses, or the region of the assignment, there are specific states where SLPs make the highest salaries. The top 5 for SLPs are:

California: $95,000

Massachusetts: $80,000

New York: $79,000

New Jersey: $75,000

Illinois: $70,000

SLP Salary by School Setting

Academic year salaries for speech language pathologists vary by student age, and pathologist experience. While most SLPs work in school settings, secondary schools such as middle school or high schools tend to pay speech language pathologists the most.

Preschools: $67,000

Elementary: $65,000

Secondary Schools: $75,000

Why Salaries for Speech Pathologists Are Only Part of the Story!

Traveling SLPs enjoy a rewarding job with great benefits and a career path that introduces you to new skills, new people and great places. By working with Therapy Travelers, you are working with a company that understands your job, and is here to support your success in every aspect of it. working with a company who takes extra care to make sure every travel assignment you are on is as successful, reqarding, and easy as possible.

  • Working with students, you’ll build your skills across all Big 9 treatment areas outlined by ASHA: Articulation, Fluency, Voice and resonance (including respiration and phonation), Receptive and expressive language, Hearing , Swallowing, Cognitive assessments of communication , Social aspects of communication, Communication modalities. Flexible summer schedules! You’ll love working the academic calendar, and all the days off it gives you.
  • Especially for traveling or part time SLPs, you can find an assignment and set a schedule that works for you
  • Unlike medical positions, SLPs that work in schools build relationships with students and can see the impact of this important work.
  • Traveling SLPs make more working at schools than in medical settings and still get to take summers off.

Contact our Recruiter Today to learn what you can earn as a traveling Speech Language Pathologist.

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