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Speech Language Pathologist Earnings

The median annual wage for speech-language pathologists was $71,550 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $111,000.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for speech-language pathologists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Nursing and residential care facilities: $88,920
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: 77,660
  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists: 77,500
  • Social assistance: 67,240
  • Educational services; state, local, and private: 63,440

Most speech-language pathologists work full time. Those who work on a contract basis may spend considerable time traveling between facilities to treat patients.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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