How Much do Speech Pathologists Make?

Do speech pathologists make a lot of money? What is the average pay for speech pathologists?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, speech pathologists in the United States earn an average of $82,000 a year, equivalent to $39.43 an hour. Speech pathologists make 53% more than the average American worker.

Speech pathologists in Connecticut are the best paid, making $101,410 a year, while speech pathologists in South Dakota make the least at $61,580.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Speech Pathologist Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $58.30 $121,260
75th $47.78 $99,380
50th $38.04 $79,120
25th $29.78 $61,940
10th $23.96 $49,840
Speech Pathologist Wages by State

In what states do speech pathologists make the most? In what states do speech pathologists make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $32.81 $68,230
Alaska $41.76 $86,870
Arizona $35.39 $73,610
Arkansas $35.75 $74,360
California $44.59 $92,740
Colorado $44.51 $92,580
Connecticut $48.75 $101,410
Delaware $40.24 $83,690
Florida $38.58 $80,250
Georgia $37.71 $78,440
Hawaii $38.43 $79,930
Idaho $34.84 $72,470
Illinois $37.97 $78,980
Indiana $36.40 $75,710
Iowa $36.66 $76,250
Kansas $35.62 $74,100
Kentucky $35.68 $74,210
Louisiana $40.62 $84,480
Maine $31.90 $66,350
Maryland $40.31 $83,850
Massachusetts $41.45 $86,220
Michigan $38.88 $80,870
Minnesota $37.36 $77,710
Mississippi $32.07 $66,700
Missouri $38.01 $79,070
Montana $34.86 $72,500
Nebraska $35.61 $74,070
Nevada $37.26 $77,500
New Hampshire $36.83 $76,610
New Jersey $46.02 $95,710
New Mexico $36.17 $75,230
New York $46.52 $96,770
North Carolina $36.01 $74,910
North Dakota $32.25 $67,070
Ohio $36.89 $76,740
Oklahoma $34.92 $72,640
Oregon $41.73 $86,800
Pennsylvania $38.86 $80,840
Rhode Island $41.08 $85,450
South Carolina $34.69 $72,160
South Dakota $29.61 $61,580
Tennessee $36.21 $75,320
Texas $35.61 $74,060
Utah $38.21 $79,480
Vermont $35.88 $74,640
Virginia $41.89 $87,140
Washington $36.91 $76,770
West Virginia $30.43 $63,290
Wisconsin $35.10 $73,010
Wyoming $39.01 $81,140
Metro Areas Where Speech Pathologists Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Bridgeport, CT $56.59 $117,710
Corvallis, OR $50.66 $105,380
Chico, CA $50.31 $104,640
New York, NY $50.09 $104,180
Bakersfield, CA $49.88 $103,760
Jackson, MI $49.88 $103,750
Santa Rosa, CA $49.35 $102,640
Columbus, GA $48.94 $101,800
Fresno, CA $48.82 $101,550
Danbury, CT $48.82 $101,540
Speech Pathologist Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $39.43 $82,000
2018 $38.80 $80,700
2017 $38.35 $79,770
2016 $37.60 $78,210
2015 $36.97 $76,900
2014 $36.01 $74,900
2013 $35.56 $73,970
2012 $34.97 $72,730
2011 $34.61 $72,000