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Current Status of SLP Employment in Health Care Settings

According to 2011 ASHA membership counts, 38% of certified speech-language pathologists are employed in health care settings. The distribution across settings is as follows:

Setting % Certified SLPs (rounded to nearest %) # Certified SLPs
Hospitals 13% 14,820
Skilled Nursing Facilities 9% 10,260
Home health 6% 6,840
SLP office 3% 3,420
Speech & Hearing Center 2% 2,280
Other nonresidential 4% 4,560
Other residential 1% 1,140

Employment and Vacancies in Health Care Facilities

ASHA collects data every two years from SLPs employed in health care settings. Information regarding trends in employment status (full- or part-time) and vacancies can be found in the Workforce Trends report [PDF].

See all data related to service provision in health care settings.


According to the 2011 ASHA SLP Health Care Survey, the largest percentages of respondents reporting paid vacation, paid sick leave, and health insurance benefits were found in the following settings: general medical hospitals, rehabilitations, pediatric hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Lesser percentages were reported for home health and outpatient or speech/hearing clinics.

Skilled nursing facilities and outpatient or speech/hearing clinics were more likely to provide ASHA dues, state association dues, and licensure fees than were those employed in hospital settings.

Rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities were more likely to provide continuing education than were the other settings. Rehabilitation, pediatric, and general medical hospitals were the most likely to provide retirement plans while home health was the least likely to provide this benefit.

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