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Speech-Language pathologists often enjoy the following aspects of their work:

  • Employment has been very strong for many years and the outlook remains strong
  • Salaries and benefits are typically quite good
  • Flexibility in the types of agencies in which they work
  • Flexibility in the types of clients (ages and disorder areas) with whom they work
  • Both are helping professions

Speech-language pathologists can work with individuals who have various types of communication impairments, in a wide variety of work sites. Here is a matrix that shows some of the more common situations:

People with... Common Sites
Schools Hospitals Rehabilitation
Centers
Nursing
Homes
Developmental speech impairments

Yes

No No No
Acquired speech impairments No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Developmental language impairments

Yes

No No No
Acquired language impairments No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Voice impairments No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stuttering

Yes

No No No
Swallowing disorders No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cognitive-communication impairments No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Additional practice settings: universities, research agencies, government agencies, corporations/businesses, correctional institutions, home health agencies, group homes and sheltered workshops, and private practice. There is no limit in terms of ages of persons with whom speech-language pathologists provide professional services.

Salaries typical for speech-language pathologists.

According to data from the 2016 ASHA Schools Survey, median academic-year salary for speech-language pathology (SLP) was $62,000.00 annually. The entire survey can be found at http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/2016-Schools-Survey-SLP-Salaries-Wages.pdf#search=%22salary%22. Survey data for SLPs employed in hospital settings indicated that most were employed full time over a 12-month period and the median salary based on 2013 data was $75,000.00 annually. The entire survey can be found at http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/2005-2013-SLP-Survey-Annual-Salary-Trends.pdf#search=%22salary%22.

Audiologists.

Audiologists identify, assess, prevent, and manage disorders related to hearing and balance.

According to the salary trends in audiology report from ASHA, the median annual salary for an audiologist in 2014 was $75,000.00. The entire report can be viewed at http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/2014-Audiology-Survey-Salary-Trends.pdf#search=%22salary%22