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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
148,450 1.7 % $ 40.02 $ 83,240 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Speech-Language Pathologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 24.22 $ 30.19 $ 38.69 $ 48.61 $ 59.04
Annual Wage (2) $ 50,370 $ 62,790 $ 80,480 $ 101,110 $ 122,790


Industry profile for Speech-Language Pathologists: Top

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 58,530 0.71 $ 36.38 $ 75,670
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 34,240 3.79 $ 41.36 $ 86,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 17,140 0.31 $ 42.06 $ 87,480
Home Health Care Services 6,410 0.43 $ 43.31 $ 90,080
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 5,990 0.39 $ 45.46 $ 94,560

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 34,240 3.79 $ 41.36 $ 86,020
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 4,030 1.51 $ 42.30 $ 87,990
Educational Support Services 2,080 1.12 $ 34.96 $ 72,710
Elementary and Secondary Schools 58,530 0.71 $ 36.38 $ 75,670
Home Health Care Services 6,410 0.43 $ 43.31 $ 90,080

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 610 0.03 $ 55.19 $ 114,790
Child Day Care Services 1,200 0.15 $ 49.30 $ 102,540
Offices of Physicians 1,440 0.06 $ 47.55 $ 98,900
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 (7) $ 47.33 $ 98,440
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 730 0.08 $ 46.71 $ 97,150


Geographic profile for Speech-Language Pathologists: Top

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.





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 14,640 0.89 0.84 $ 45.95 $ 95,570
Texas 14,220 1.17 1.10 $ 36.17 $ 75,240
New York 12,950 1.49 1.40 $ 47.12 $ 98,010
Florida 8,370 0.99 0.93 $ 38.94 $ 81,000
Illinois 7,370 1.31 1.23 $ 38.66 $ 80,420




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)
Arkansas 1,940 1.64 1.54 $ 35.40 $ 73,630
Delaware 690 1.61 1.51 $ 40.79 $ 84,840
Colorado 3,950 1.53 1.44 $ 43.85 $ 91,200
Connecticut 2,360 1.53 1.44 $ 48.36 $ 100,590
New York 12,950 1.49 1.40 $ 47.12 $ 98,010




Top paying states for Speech-Language Pathologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 450 0.65 0.61 $ 49.00 $ 101,920
Connecticut 2,360 1.53 1.44 $ 48.36 $ 100,590
New Jersey 5,020 1.33 1.24 $ 48.23 $ 100,330
New York 12,950 1.49 1.40 $ 47.12 $ 98,010
California 14,640 0.89 0.84 $ 45.95 $ 95,570





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 12,600 1.43 1.34 $ 51.48 $ 107,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,900 1.35 1.27 $ 39.90 $ 82,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,870 1.01 0.94 $ 43.57 $ 90,630
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,740 1.32 1.24 $ 33.27 $ 69,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,130 1.34 1.26 $ 49.53 $ 103,020
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,010 1.16 1.08 $ 41.37 $ 86,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,850 1.06 0.99 $ 39.63 $ 82,420
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,540 0.85 0.80 $ 35.62 $ 74,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,400 0.79 0.74 $ 45.64 $ 94,920
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,300 1.58 1.48 $ 44.74 $ 93,050




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)
Homosassa Springs, FL 120 3.90 3.65 $ 37.68 $ 78,380
Tyler, TX 230 2.39 2.24 $ 35.71 $ 74,270
Greenville, NC 180 2.39 2.24 $ 35.48 $ 73,800
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 290 2.34 2.19 $ 31.52 $ 65,560
Carbondale-Marion, IL 120 2.34 2.19 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 860 2.27 2.13 $ 54.35 $ 113,050
Syracuse, NY 600 2.15 2.01 $ 39.88 $ 82,950
Jonesboro, AR 110 2.08 1.95 $ 33.25 $ 69,170
Abilene, TX 140 2.07 1.94 $ 40.37 $ 83,960
Idaho Falls, ID 140 1.99 1.86 (8) (8)