In this video, I work up the courage to talk about my speech pathologist salary: everything I have been paid over the course of my career. Do you know the average speech pathologist salary or the average speech pathologist salary by state? Glassdoor says that number is around $84,000, which frankly was surprising to me. I’m sad to say that after 15 years, I have not been paid that. I also mention the average teacher salary, which I read is $61,000. I have been paid in that range for my work as a speech pathologist, but some years it’s been more and other years is been less, way less. If you are wondering what the average pay is for speech pathologist by state, which Zip Recruiter compiled for us. Where does your state stack up? And more importantly, where does your salary fall? I have not touched the average salary for my state, which is in line with the national average, in my entire career.
Continuing, I also actually discuss in the video what I was paid when I worked for Kraft Foods (20 years ago now), after I first graduated from college in 1999. I was not a speech-language pathologist then. (I briefly touch on grad school) I move into my CF salary at Chicago Public Schools and what I was making when I left after 6 years there. I do a comparison between urban school-based salaries and suburban school-based salaries. There are surprisingly big differences, but not in the way you might imagine.
The speech and language pathologist salary requirements should be high because of our clinical preparation and the incredible amount of work we do in graduate school. Most programs are full-time, we have to go to school and treat clients simultaneously, the curriculum is very science heavy, and we all earn the same credentials to work in all settings, from school-based to in-patient to out-patient to home health to hospitals to Early Intervention to skilled nursing facilities… the list goes on and goes on…
Lastly, I talk about hourly pay and also being an advocate for yourself. I’m already getting emails and comments on the video that are stately that I have been vastly underpaid almost my entire career. That is truly depressing to make that revelation. But I think that knowledge is power. Even though it’s pretty vulnerable of me to share so much, I hope it helps you, especially as we are moving into the spring. Many of you might be looking for a new job. I tell my entire salary history, a story with ups and downs!