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What do Speech pathologists make per year fresh out of college?

Graduating from Montevallo, AL

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Teresa H

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Depends on where you get hired. Geography affects cost of living, affects salary. The median expected salary for a typical Speech and Language Pathologist in the United States is $58,666.

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Govt)

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Median annual earnings of speech-language pathologists were $52,410 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,090 and $65,750. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,420. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of speech-language pathologists in May 2004 were:

Offices of other health practitioners $57,240

General medical and surgical hospitals 55,900

Elementary and secondary schools 48,320

According to a 2003 survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the median annual salary for full-time certified speech-language pathologists who worked on a calendar-year basis, generally 11 or 12 months annually, was $48,000. Certified speech-language pathologists who worked 25 or fewer hours per week had a median hourly salary of $40.00. Starting salaries for certified speech-language pathologists with one to three years of experience were $42,000 for those who worked on a calendar-year. According to a 2004 survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the median annual salary for speech-language pathologists in schools was $50,000 for those employed on an academic year basis (usually 9 or 10 months).

Google will lead you to more salary survey sites. Search on “speech pathologist starting salary”


4 years ago
What Do Speech Pathologists Make

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Are you graduating from undergrad or grad school because that makes a difference?

If you are graduating from grad school, the typical entry point into the field, view the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)’s SLP Health Care Survey Hourly Salary Report and Annual Salary Report .

Here is the link for the Hourly Salary Report: http://www.asha.org/NR/rdonlyres/42A07C60-F6E0-4563-9F09-EC4EEABADDEF/0/SLPHcare_hourly_salary2005.pdf

It says “Years of experience in health care was a poor predictor of hourly salary. Among those who worked 25 or fewer hours weekly, average hourly salaries tended to be in the $33.00 to $36.00 range, with between 4 and 21 years of experience in health care. With more seniority, salaries crossed the $40.00 threshold. An exception was the 1 to 3 years of experience group, whose average salaries

seemed to be inflated because they were overrepresented by SLPs from home health agencies/clients’ homes, where salaries were higher than in other types of facilities (Appendix, Table 7).” (ASHA, 2005, p. 6).

Here is the link for the Annual Salary Report:


On page 7 of this document, there is a chart which shows how salary increases with years of experience. For the 1-3 years experience category, the data point is at approximately $53,000 per year.

I think this answers your question a little better since I focused on what is says for 1-3 years experience.