Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
117,210 1.2 % $34.61 $72,000 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.28 $26.33 $33.22 $41.72 $51.22
Annual Wage (2) $44,250 $54,760 $69,100 $86,770 $106,530


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,170 0.67 $31.73 $66,000
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 20,400 2.96 $38.01 $79,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,980 0.25 $35.77 $74,390
Nursing Care Facilities 5,300 0.32 $39.69 $82,550
Home Health Care Services 4,580 0.41 $43.19 $89,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 20,400 2.96 $38.01 $79,070
Educational Support Services 2,030 1.45 $30.29 $63,010
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,960 1.34 $35.79 $74,430
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,170 0.67 $31.73 $66,000
Home Health Care Services 4,580 0.41 $43.19 $89,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $70.58 $146,810
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 40 0.02 $68.15 $141,760
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 70 0.03 $50.49 $105,030
Home Health Care Services 4,580 0.41 $43.19 $89,830
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 580 0.08 $39.93 $83,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,720 1.04 1.14 $33.27 $69,200
California 10,360 0.74 0.81 $40.24 $83,710
New York 8,870 1.05 1.15 $37.56 $78,130
Illinois 7,160 1.28 1.41 $34.90 $72,580
Florida 6,350 0.89 0.97 $33.59 $69,860




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,150 1.64 1.80 $29.02 $60,360
Arkansas 1,740 1.53 1.67 $33.24 $69,150
Vermont 420 1.44 1.58 $30.78 $64,020
New Mexico 1,000 1.29 1.41 $32.64 $67,880
Illinois 7,160 1.28 1.41 $34.90 $72,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 230 0.74 0.81 $42.28 $87,950
New Jersey 4,470 1.18 1.30 $41.03 $85,350
California 10,360 0.74 0.81 $40.24 $83,710
Maryland 2,590 1.04 1.14 $40.05 $83,310
Colorado 2,600 1.19 1.31 $39.91 $83,010





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,470 1.25 1.37 $36.85 $76,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,000 0.79 0.87 $42.64 $88,700
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,130 0.83 0.91 $33.32 $69,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,100 1.03 1.12 $32.92 $68,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.54 0.59 $40.20 $83,620
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,870 1.55 1.70 $41.76 $86,860
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,670 0.99 1.09 $35.25 $73,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,590 0.93 1.02 $33.21 $69,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.61 0.67 $40.46 $84,160
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,400 1.12 1.22 $41.03 $85,340