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Speech-Language Pathologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of speech-language pathologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of speech-language pathologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The speech-language pathologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Speech-Language Pathologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$48,830
25th Percentile Wage
$60,200
50th Percentile Wage
$76,610
75th Percentile Wage
$96,980
90th Percentile Wage
$118,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for speech-language pathologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) speech-language pathologists is $118,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $76,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $48,830. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 143% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of speech-language pathologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$76,610
2.52% 8.80%
2016
$74,680
1.70% -
2015
$73,410
2.53% -
2014
$71,550
1.03% -
2013
$70,810
1.33% -
2012
$69,870
- -

Table 2. Speech-Language Pathologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of speech-language pathologists in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for speech-language pathologists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $86,580. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $63,800).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,580
Health Care and Social Assistance
$84,260
Federal, State, and Local Government
$84,200
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$80,310
Educational Services
$66,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$64,710
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,800

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Speech-Language Pathologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only speech-language pathologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of speech-language pathologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $38,910 to $92,810. The highest paying state for speech-language pathologists is California with a median annual salary of $92,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $38,910. For more salary information of speech-language pathologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$92,810
Connecticut
$92,800
Alaska
$89,060
District of Columbia
$85,710
Colorado
$85,600
Oregon
$85,210
Virginia
$84,360
Massachusetts
$83,610
Maryland
$83,420
New Jersey
$82,020
Florida
$81,780
New York
$79,530
Illinois
$77,580
Rhode Island
$77,070
Delaware
$75,490
Texas
$75,270
Michigan
$75,260
New Mexico
$74,860
Washington
$74,790
Tennessee
$74,780
Missouri
$74,640
Georgia
$74,510
Ohio
$74,140
Indiana
$73,950
South Carolina
$73,880
New Hampshire
$73,610
Pennsylvania
$72,200
Hawaii
$72,010
Arizona
$71,930
Idaho
$71,880
Utah
$71,840
Vermont
$71,620
Minnesota
$71,620
Iowa
$71,330
North Carolina
$70,320
Wyoming
$70,140
Wisconsin
$69,140
Kentucky
$68,690
Montana
$68,500
Kansas
$67,990
Arkansas
$67,150
Nebraska
$66,040
Alabama
$65,370
Nevada
$64,140
Maine
$62,930
Oklahoma
$62,460
North Dakota
$62,050
Louisiana
$61,400
Mississippi
$59,000
West Virginia
$58,180
South Dakota
$57,690
Puerto Rico
$38,910



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