Speech-Language Pathologists Salary in Sector of Health Care and Social Assistance

The salary statistics of speech-language pathologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare speech-language pathologists salaries in different industries within the health care and social assistance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Speech-Language Pathologists

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,350
25th Percentile Wage
$66,030
50th Percentile Wage
$82,440
75th Percentile Wage
$101,550
90th Percentile Wage
$123,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for speech-language pathologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) speech-language pathologists is $123,780. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $82,440. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid speech-language pathologists is $53,350.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of speech-language pathologists in the industry sector of health care and social assistance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,4401.54%7.93%
201581,1702.82%-
201478,8801.31%-
201377,8502.50%-
201275,900--

Compare Speech-Language Pathologists Salary in Different Industries within the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector

The average salaries of speech-language pathologists in 37 industries in the health care and social assistance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for speech-language pathologists occupations is the nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) industry with an annual salary $93,080. The lowest paying industry is the offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians) industry (annual salary $65,010). For detailed speech-language pathologists salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$93,080
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$92,560
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$92,220
Home Health Care Services
$91,230
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$86,930
Other Residential Care Facilities
$84,400
Outpatient Care Centers
$83,460
Ambulatory Health Care Services
$82,000
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$81,910
Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$81,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$81,800
Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,230
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$81,100
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$81,090
Hospitals - Local government owned
$81,000
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$80,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$80,750
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$80,580
Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$80,480
Offices of Physicians
$79,960
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$78,870
Hospitals - State government owned
$77,970
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$77,550
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$76,750
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$76,750
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$75,650
Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$74,900
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$73,350
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$72,560
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$71,460
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$70,960
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$70,950
Individual and Family Services
$70,280
Social Assistance
$69,340
Child Day Care Services
$66,500
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$65,290
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$65,010

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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