Career Profile

Speech-Language Pathologists

Education Master's degree
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $79,500
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

General Information

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.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 55 openings per year are projected for Speech-Language Pathologists.


Employment Change

Employment for Speech-Language Pathologists is forecasted to increase significantly more than the regional average by 23.4% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $38.23/hour. Entry level workers are paid $26.03, while experienced workers are paid $44.34. The median wage is significantly above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 466 Speech-Language Pathologists in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 574.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Speech-Language Pathologists are Elementary and Secondary Schools, Offices of Other Health Practitioners, and General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Speech-Language Pathologists include English Language, Psychology, and Customer and Personal Service.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Speech-Language Pathologists is Postgraduate degree. 98% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET