Financial Incentives

A number of school systems have gone beyond traditional compensation to attract and retain the high-quality staff they need. Strategies being employed include:

Salary Supplements

Salary supplements are based on ASHA certification—comparable to bonuses for teachers with certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards—and for increased paperwork related to Medicaid billing.

See a complete list of ASHA's school district salary supplement success stories.

Pay Scales

Members have reported pay increases for:

  • Master's level SLPs paid on a doctoral level scale
  • Salary commensurate with that of psychologists
  • Higher starting salaries/pay scale for SLPs than for classroom teachers
  • Pay lane change for achieving advanced credential (e.g., Certificate of Clinical Competence [CCC]) or credits
  • Career ladder with different pay scales
  • Full credit for work experience in settings other than school settings


Members have reported receiving bonuses and/or stipends for:

  • Sign-on, $3,000; Year 1, $2,000; Year 2, $1,000
  • $1,500 for SLPs in schools having vacancies for 2+ years
  • $1,000 for bilingual assessments
  • Summertime work in the district (normal pay scale)
  • Before and after school speech-language programs in the district
  • High-need subject area candidates
  • Mentors and clinical fellowship (CF) supervisors
  • High student achievement
  • Reimbursement of licensure, registration, dues, and/or certification fees

Other Financial Incentives

  • Incentives for veteran/retiree SLPs
  • Tuition-free degrees or reimbursement costs for graduate work
  • Service scholarship programs for hard-to-serve areas
  • Incentives for national certification
  • Professional development allowance
  • Paid release time for professional development
  • Reimbursed costs of continuing education
  • Phone and supplies allowance
  • Tax credits
  • Pay for performance
  • Low-interest housing loans, housing assistance, closing expenses, relocation benefits, moving expenses

Additional Resource

  • School Funding Advocacy: The ASHA School Finance Committee has developed this page to help members find tools they can use for funding and to help explain the complex and multiple funding processes involved in public school-based services from federal, state, and local perspectives.

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