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Speech-language pathologists have seen a spike in pay the past few years. The average salary for therapists jumped from $66,920 in 2010 to $69,100 in 2011, then hit $72,730 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid in the profession earned more than $107,650 in 2012, while the lowest-paid earned less than $44,380. Jobs within the health care industry generally pay more than schools do for speech therapists, and some of the top-paying metropolitan areas include Sherman, Texas, New Bedford, Mass., and Bowling Green, Ky.

Job Salary Year
2004 $62,310.00
2006 $67,310.00
2008 $72,620.00
2010 $69,880.00
2012 $72,730.00

Average Speech-Language Pathologist Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Speech-language pathologists make a fairly good living. Their average salary of $72,730 is close to that of school psychologists ($72,220), and more than that of social workers ($45,300) and interpreters and translators (53,410).

Job Name Salary
Speech-Language Pathologist $69,870.00
School Counselor $53,610.00
Elementary School Teacher $53,400.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Recreation and Fitness Worker $31,720.00

Best Paying Cities for Speech-Language Pathologists

The highest paid in the speech-language pathologist profession work in the metropolitan areas of Sherman, Texas, New Bedford, Mass., and Bowling Green, Ky. The Ocala, Fla. area also pays well, as does the city of Chico, Calif.

Sherman, Texas

Average Salary: $101,530 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a speech-language pathologist working in Sherman, Texas is $101,530, which is $31,660 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Bedford, Mass.

Average Salary: $94,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a speech-language pathologist working in New Bedford, Mass. is $94,850, which is $24,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bowling Green, Ky.

Average Salary: $93,200 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a speech-language pathologist working in Bowling Green, Ky. is $93,200, which is $23,330 more than the average pay in the profession.

Ocala, Fla.

Average Salary: $92,980 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a speech-language pathologist working in Ocala, Fla. is $92,980, which is $23,110 more than the average pay in the profession.

Chico, Calif.

Average Salary: $92,880 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a speech-language pathologist working in Chico, Calif. is $92,880, which is $23,010 more than the average pay in the profession.

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