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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$47,070
25th Percentile Wage
$58,480
50th Percentile Wage
$74,680
75th Percentile Wage
$95,000
90th Percentile Wage
$116,810

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 $116,810. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $47,070. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 148% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of speech-language pathologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201674,6801.70%6.44%
201573,4102.53%-
201471,5501.03%-
201370,8101.33%-
201269,870--

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 $99,950. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $60,480).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$99,950
Health Care and Social Assistance
$82,440
Federal, State, and Local Government
$80,480
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$79,880
Educational Services
$65,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,740
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$60,480

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 $43,580 to $92,880. The highest paying state for speech-language pathologists is Connecticut with a median annual salary of $92,880. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $43,580. For more salary information of speech-language pathologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Connecticut
$92,880
California
$89,350
District of Columbia
$87,550
Alaska
$86,700
Colorado
$82,810
Virginia
$82,180
New Jersey
$81,870
Oregon
$81,850
Maryland
$80,810
Massachusetts
$80,730
New York
$79,080
Rhode Island
$77,940
Florida
$77,350
New Mexico
$75,470
New Hampshire
$74,530
Illinois
$74,070
Delaware
$73,730
Michigan
$73,640
Ohio
$73,430
Texas
$73,070
Washington
$72,940
Pennsylvania
$72,670
Arizona
$71,510
Georgia
$71,130
Hawaii
$70,920
Iowa
$70,900
Tennessee
$70,810
Indiana
$70,260
Missouri
$69,890
South Carolina
$68,760
Idaho
$68,520
North Carolina
$68,460
Wyoming
$68,300
Vermont
$68,290
Utah
$68,140
Kansas
$68,090
Minnesota
$68,080
Wisconsin
$67,730
Kentucky
$67,250
Nevada
$66,980
Alabama
$65,860
Montana
$64,950
Arkansas
$63,430
Nebraska
$62,920
Maine
$62,710
North Dakota
$62,590
Oklahoma
$62,410
Mississippi
$58,540
Louisiana
$58,270
West Virginia
$57,790
South Dakota
$57,150
Puerto Rico
$43,580



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