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Highest Paying Industries for Speech-Language Pathologists

The top 72 highest paying industries for speech-language pathologists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $90,240, continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly is the highest paying industry for speech-language pathologists. It is followed by nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) industry (average annual salary $89,290). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of speech-language pathologists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 72 Highest Paying Industries for Speech-Language Pathologists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$90,240
830
2 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$89,290
5,320
3 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$88,920
6,720
4 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$88,440
210
5 Home Health Care Services
$86,360
4,630
6 Offices of Physicians
$84,820
1,200
7 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$83,920
n/a
8 Temporary Help Services
$83,810
930
9 Federal government, including USPS
$83,780
1,870
10 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$83,780
1,870
11 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,110
70
12 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$80,900
280
13 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$80,600
500
14 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$80,230
220
15 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$79,390
100
16 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$79,110
110
17 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$79,050
3,110
18 Health Care and Social Assistance
$78,880
60,730
19 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$78,650
130
20 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$78,630
2,960
21 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$78,570
32,730
22 Employment Services
$78,540
1,310
23 Administrative and Support Services
$78,510
1,310
24 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$78,510
1,310
25 Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,970
15,340
26 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,780
12,310
27 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$77,680
500
28 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$77,660
17,280
29 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$77,500
24,710
30 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$77,500
25,410
31 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$77,340
14,040
32 Hospitals - Local government owned
$77,320
1,430
33 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$76,900
190
34 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$76,460
3,810
35 Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,460
3,810
36 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$76,040
1,330
37 Outpatient Care Centers
$76,030
1,110
38 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$75,950
390
39 Other Residential Care Facilities
$75,920
80
40 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$75,040
130
41 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$75,040
130
42 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$74,570
60
43 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$74,020
40
44 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$73,640
60
45 Child Day Care Services
$72,480
1,240
46 Hospitals - State government owned
$70,890
500
47 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$70,120
400
48 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$68,650
1,430
49 State government, including schools and hospitals
$67,630
1,660
50 Educational Services - Privately owned
$67,570
3,760
51 Social Assistance
$67,240
4,000
52 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$67,020
1,240
53 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$66,680
510
54 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$66,560
380
55 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$66,390
180
56 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$66,320
470
57 Educational Services - State government owned
$66,000
650
58 Educational Support Services
$65,790
1,590
59 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$65,130
270
60 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$64,600
62,140
61 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$64,000
2,850
62 Individual and Family Services
$63,900
2,380
63 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$63,740
58,610
64 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$63,600
100
65 Educational Services
$63,440
60,160
66 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$63,330
60
67 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$63,200
57,740
68 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$63,120
54,510
69 Educational Services - Local government owned
$63,120
55,750
70 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$62,860
1,200
71 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$62,640
n/a
72 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$62,430
90
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