Speechlanguage pathologists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
161k
Average Age
40.7
Estimated Job Growth
24.9%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$63,023
Average Male Salary
$78,011
Average Female Salary
$62,290

About

Speechlanguage pathologists are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for Speechlanguage pathologists was $63,023 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Speechlanguage pathologists by wage are Athletes and sports competitors, Transportation inspectors, and Legal support workers, all other.

Speechlanguage pathologists are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, and 37 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Speechlanguage pathologists are Edmond & Oklahoma City (North Central) Cities PUMA, OK, Iowa City PUMA, IA, and Upper East Side PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Speechlanguage pathologists are Ocean County (North Central) PUMA, NJ, Far Rockaway, Breezy Point & Broad Channel PUMA, NY, and Edmond & Oklahoma City (North Central) Cities PUMA, OK.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Speechlanguage pathologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Speechlanguage pathologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Speechlanguage pathologists, by average wage, is Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals. Speechlanguage pathologists are paid most in Yavapai County PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Ocean County (North Central) PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$63,023
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,278

In 2020, Speechlanguage pathologists earned an average of $63,023, $7,069 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Transportation inspectors make somewhat more than Speechlanguage pathologists while Athletes and sports competitors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Speechlanguage pathologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.26
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Speechlanguage pathologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.26, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Speechlanguage pathologists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Speechlanguage pathologists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Speechlanguage pathologists.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Speechlanguage pathologists, by average wage, are Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, National security & international affairs, and Executive offices & legislative bodies.

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Industries by Share

161k
2020 Workforce
± 9,845
3.64%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 8.42%

The number of people employed as Speechlanguage pathologists has been growing at a rate of 3.64%, from 155,314 people in 2019 to 160,965 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Speechlanguage pathologists employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Speechlanguage pathologists at  48.4%, followed by Offices of other health practitioners with 17.2% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 12%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Speechlanguage pathologists in the US. The average age of male Speechlanguage pathologists in the workforce is 42.2 and of female Speechlanguage pathologists is 40.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Speechlanguage pathologists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

7.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,126
153k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,613

95.3% of Speechlanguage pathologists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Speechlanguage pathologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Speechlanguage pathologists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

82.6% of Speechlanguage pathologists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 5.36% of Speechlanguage pathologists, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Speechlanguage pathologists.

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Age by Sex

42.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.55
40.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.744

The median age of Speechlanguage pathologists is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 1.57 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Speechlanguage pathologists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Speechlanguage pathologists is Health but a relatively high number of Speechlanguage pathologists hold a major in Health.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Speechlanguage pathologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Speechlanguage pathologists need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Speechlanguage pathologists need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Science, and Technology Design.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Speech-Language Pathologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Speech-Language Pathologists are expected to see a growth of 24.9% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Speech-Language Pathologists.
24.9%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Speech-Language Pathologists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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