The salaries earned by the healthcare workers named “speech pathologists” (or logopedists) are pretty close to the level of other similar occupations, like the audiologists or the occupational or physical therapists.
In the United States, in 2016, the average speech pathologist salary was $74,000, while in 2017 it’s expected to increase a bit up to $76,000-$77,000, which would translate to an hourly income of about $36.5/hour. As expected, Canada, UK and Australia offer for this occupation, on average, wages that are inferior to the ones paid in the US.
This article presents an overview of the most important topics surrounding the income of the speech language pathologist, such as the determinants of this occupation’s pay, the different levels of this wages in various countries and states, how high are this job’s earnings compared to the salaries of other medical jobs (similar or not with this occupation). A brief outline of this job is also presented in this post.
Speech Pathologist Job Description
The persons aiming to discover details about the speech pathologist income ought to have an idea about the main duties, attributions and job description for this occupation. In a few words, the speech pathologists are the healthcare workers who examine and treat the patients suffering from disorders related to communication and swallowing; these medical workers can also be researchers in this field, trying to discover new ways of treating these problems.
The disorders that this medical worker has to deal with are actually related to the speech and to the language, that’s why they are also called “speech and language pathologists” (SLP) or speech therapists.
The SLPs are responsible for working with children or adults that have any of the following illnesses: language delay, hearing loss, autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), feeding or swallowing difficulties, Down syndrome, articulation disorders, developmental delay, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysphonia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, etc.
Most of these therapists work in schools. Some of the SLPs work in hospitals and even at the patients’ homes, while a few of them work in the research field.
How to become a speech pathologist
Those wondering what does it take to become a speech pathologist must know that, in the United States, the SLPs need at least a master’s degree, supervised clinical practice, a license and, in some situations, a certification.
What influences the Average Salary for Speech Pathologists
The earnings of a speech and language pathologist are determined by a series of elements, which influence any medical occupation’s wage.
As expected, one of the most essential elements is represented by the workplace’s geographical location. The country where the SLP works is the first element that influences the SLP’s pay; the state and the area are other influential elements for this type of income. The years or hours of practice (that is the experience level), the type of the employment sector (it can be public or private), the type of facility in which the speech language pathologist works and the certifications or training programs earned or completed are the other important factors.
Speech Pathologist Salaries in USA
In 2016, the annual speech pathologists’ income in USA was reported to average around $74,000, which is the equivalent of an $36.5 hourly income. The employment industry that provided the highest wages for these therapists was the “medical and diagnostic laboratories”, where the average salary was more than $150,000 per year, that is more than $73 per hour.
The US state that offered the highest incomes for the SLPs in 2016 was California, with an annual mean wage of $86,000. The highest paying metropolitan area for the speech language pathologist jobs was Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA, with an annual mean wage of $111,500.
The highest paying US nonmetropolitan area for this healthcare job was, in May 2013, Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area, who offered $92,880 per year as the average speech pathologist salary.
Canada remunerates this job with a mean annual pay of about 60,000 CAD. United Kingdom offers an annual average wage of around £35,000, while Australia pays its speech pathologists with a satisfying salary of about 60,000 AUD per year, on average.
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