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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Speech-Language Pathologists
Industry profile for Speech-Language Pathologists
Geographic profile for Speech-Language Pathologists

National estimates for Speech-Language Pathologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Speech-Language Pathologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
147,470 1.5 % $ 41.26 $ 85,820 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Speech-Language Pathologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 24.67 $ 29.79 $ 38.01 $ 48.18 $ 60.36
Annual Wage (2) $ 51,310 $ 61,970 $ 79,060 $ 100,200 $ 125,560


Industry profile for Speech-Language Pathologists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Speech-Language Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60,920 0.75 $ 36.37 $ 75,650
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 36,220 3.72 $ 43.68 $ 90,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 17,290 0.31 $ 44.14 $ 91,810
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,030 0.36 $ 48.66 $ 101,210
Home Health Care Services 5,010 0.33 $ 53.29 $ 110,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Speech-Language Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 36,220 3.72 $ 43.68 $ 90,850
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 4,700 1.74 $ 46.34 $ 96,400
Educational Support Services 2,610 1.34 $ 35.47 $ 73,790
Elementary and Secondary Schools 60,920 0.75 $ 36.37 $ 75,650
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,030 0.36 $ 48.66 $ 101,210

Top paying industries for Speech-Language Pathologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 $ 54.42 $ 113,190
Home Health Care Services 5,010 0.33 $ 53.29 $ 110,850
Individual and Family Services 3,530 0.13 $ 49.33 $ 102,610
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,030 0.36 $ 48.66 $ 101,210
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 500 0.06 $ 48.13 $ 100,120


Geographic profile for Speech-Language Pathologists:

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



Map of employment of speech-language pathologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Speech-Language Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,150 0.86 0.82 $ 49.35 $ 102,650
Texas 13,370 1.09 1.04 $ 39.88 $ 82,940
New York 13,150 1.52 1.45 $ 47.52 $ 98,850
Illinois 7,710 1.37 1.31 $ 39.71 $ 82,590
Florida 7,300 0.85 0.81 $ 40.56 $ 84,360


Map of location quotient of speech-language pathologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Speech-Language Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 13,150 1.52 1.45 $ 47.52 $ 98,850
Colorado 3,740 1.43 1.36 $ 44.93 $ 93,460
New Jersey 5,440 1.41 1.35 $ 47.24 $ 98,270
Illinois 7,710 1.37 1.31 $ 39.71 $ 82,590
Vermont 380 1.35 1.29 $ 40.53 $ 84,290


Map of annual mean wages of speech-language pathologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Speech-Language Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,150 0.86 0.82 $ 49.35 $ 102,650
Hawaii 220 0.41 0.39 $ 48.14 $ 100,120
New York 13,150 1.52 1.45 $ 47.52 $ 98,850
New Jersey 5,440 1.41 1.35 $ 47.24 $ 98,270
District of Columbia 360 0.54 0.52 $ 47.23 $ 98,240



Map of employment of speech-language pathologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Speech-Language Pathologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,140 1.51 1.45 $ 50.98 $ 106,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,140 1.45 1.39 $ 41.14 $ 85,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,140 0.90 0.86 $ 48.33 $ 100,530
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,090 1.14 1.09 $ 39.83 $ 82,840
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,160 1.22 1.17 $ 43.66 $ 90,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,980 1.12 1.07 $ 43.32 $ 90,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,580 0.89 0.85 $ 41.30 $ 85,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,410 1.32 1.26 $ 38.50 $ 80,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,350 0.80 0.76 $ 46.11 $ 95,910
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,210 1.51 1.44 $ 45.19 $ 93,990


Map of location quotient of speech-language pathologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Speech-Language Pathologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Greenville, NC 200 2.62 2.50 $ 36.56 $ 76,050
Victoria, TX 90 2.39 2.28 $ 39.25 $ 81,630
Homosassa Springs, FL 80 2.36 2.26 $ 36.05 $ 74,990
Bay City, MI 80 2.35 2.25 $ 36.72 $ 76,370
Gadsden, AL 60 2.03 1.94 $ 34.58 $ 71,920
New Bern, NC 90 2.02 1.93 $ 33.30 $ 69,270
Lima, OH 90 1.95 1.86 $ 42.98 $ 89,390
Bismarck, ND 130 1.89 1.80 $ 34.46 $ 71,690
St. George, UT 140 1.86 1.77 $ 35.60 $ 74,050
Lubbock, TX 260 1.80 1.72 $ 34.87 $ 72,520