Salary for Speech-Language Pathologists

Also known as:  Language Pathologist, Public School Speech Clinician, Public School Speech Therapist, Speech and Language Specialist, Speech Clinician, Speech Pathologist, Speech Therapist

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The role of speech-language pathologists is to investigate the cause of speech impairments or delays, language, fluency and/or voice disorders. They test for structural anomalies and hearing or vision problems, and assess the severity of speech or language problems based on these data and their own observations of the client. With this information, these professionals create treatment plans. In some cases, they may suggest the use of alternative communication systems such as sign language. Additionally, these professionals may work in group or institutional settings to assist with behavioral, speech, language or swallowing problems. A Master's degree is required for this profession.

A Speech-Language Pathologist usually receives an average compensation of between 56000 to 84000 based on tenure level. Speech-Language Pathologists can expect an average salary of Seventy Six Thousand One Hundred dollars each year.

Speech-Language Pathologists are compensated highest in Nevada, where they receive job pay of close to $96160. People with this job title have the highest pay levels in Health Care and Social Assistance, where they can receive normal pay levels of $80930.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.96 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Speech-Language Pathologists tend to make the most in the following industries
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $80,930
Health Care and Social Assistance $76,270
Other Services (except Public Administration) $74,790
Public Administration $73,810
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $69,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,790
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $64,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,790
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $69,870
Public Administration $73,810
Other Services (except Public Administration) $74,790
Health Care and Social Assistance $76,270
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