Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
121,690 1.2 % $34.97 $72,730 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.34 $26.53 $33.59 $42.13 $51.75
Annual Wage (2) $44,380 $55,170 $69,870 $87,630 $107,650


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 56,770 0.69 $31.94 $66,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 22,700 3.16 $38.04 $79,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 13,330 0.25 $36.40 $75,700
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,210 0.31 $41.16 $85,610
Home Health Care Services 4,660 0.40 $43.86 $91,220

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 22,700 3.16 $38.04 $79,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 3,150 1.37 $36.64 $76,210
Educational Support Services 1,960 1.33 $31.43 $65,380
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,770 0.69 $31.94 $66,440
Home Health Care Services 4,660 0.40 $43.86 $91,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 70 0.03 $50.87 $105,800
Home Health Care Services 4,660 0.40 $43.86 $91,220
Child Day Care Services 1,290 0.16 $42.01 $87,370
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 630 0.08 $41.58 $86,490
Social Advocacy Organizations 60 0.03 $41.46 $86,240


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)
California 11,100 0.78 0.83 $40.24 $83,710
Texas 11,100 1.05 1.12 $34.14 $71,010
New York 9,220 1.08 1.16 $37.67 $78,360
Illinois 8,070 1.43 1.53 $35.21 $73,230
Florida 6,310 0.87 0.93 $33.95 $70,610




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)
Vermont 450 1.51 1.62 $31.22 $64,940
West Virginia 1,060 1.49 1.60 $29.34 $61,020
Illinois 8,070 1.43 1.53 $35.21 $73,230
Maine 820 1.41 1.51 $28.93 $60,170
Arkansas 1,630 1.41 1.51 $32.52 $67,640




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 210 0.33 0.35 $41.45 $86,220
New Jersey 4,680 1.23 1.32 $40.70 $84,660
Colorado 2,710 1.22 1.30 $40.28 $83,780
California 11,100 0.78 0.83 $40.24 $83,710
Maryland 2,630 1.05 1.12 $39.03 $81,180





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 5,450 1.50 1.60 $36.94 $76,830
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,300 0.83 0.89 $41.87 $87,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,550 0.66 0.70 $40.12 $83,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,520 1.20 1.29 $33.66 $70,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,260 0.86 0.92 $33.62 $69,920
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,870 1.53 1.64 $41.64 $86,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,870 1.09 1.17 $35.52 $73,880
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,650 0.94 1.01 $34.61 $71,980
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,420 1.13 1.21 $39.53 $82,220
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,340 1.09 1.17 $41.00 $85,290