American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech-Language Pathology Profession Among Top Ten Highest Paying Jobs For Women Lists The Profession Ninth

(Rockville, MD - July 1, 2009)  

Speech-language pathology (SLP) is the ninth highest paying profession for women according to a recent article published on Based on a 2008 analysis from the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, the article states that the median yearly earnings for SLPs are $58,448. The speech-language pathology profession was the only occupation on the list reported by Forbes that showed no gender pay gap.

More than 115,000 SLPs belong to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 135,000 professionals in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

SLPs evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. SLPs work in various settings such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, and in private practice. More information on this profession is on ASHA's Web site.

"The SLP profession is extremely rewarding across a career lifetime," according to ASHA President Sue Hale. "I invite visitors to ASHA's Web site to watch videos of our members talking about the intangible rewards they receive helping others. Meanwhile, the Forbes survey highlights the tangible rewards that are also part of being an SLP—rewards that are especially relevant right now, given the tough job market."

Speech-language pathology is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2014. Members of the baby boom generation are now entering middle age, when the possibility of neurological disorders and associated speech, language, swallowing, and hearing impairments increases, disorders most often treated by professionals in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. Employment in educational services will also increase along with growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders will also increase employment.


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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