Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
87,030 1.5 % $24.75 $51,490 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.66 $19.20 $23.77 $28.94 $35.58
Annual Wage (2) $32,580 $39,930 $49,450 $60,190 $74,010

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 46,870 $22.92 $47,670 1 24
Offices of other health practitioners 11,440 $27.20 $56,570 2 10
General medical and surgical hospitals 10,030 $26.35 $54,820 3 12
Nursing care facilities 3,500 $29.26 $60,870 4 6
Home health care services 2,130 $30.97 $64,420 5 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other ambulatory health care services 50 $34.27 $71,280 26 1
Employment services 300 $31.44 $65,390 19 2
Home health care services 2,130 $30.97 $64,420 5 3
Offices of physicians 670 $30.21 $62,840 13 4
Community care facilities for the elderly 530 $29.27 $60,870 15 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Mexico 1,120 $23.28 $48,430 0.153% 101
North Dakota 470 $18.22 $37,890 0.150% 149
Wyoming 310 $20.94 $43,560 0.129% 116
Rhode Island 560 $26.34 $54,780 0.119% 101
Maine 650 $20.99 $43,660 0.109% 133

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Nevada 200 $30.04 $62,480 0.019% 58
New Jersey 2,860 $29.54 $61,450 0.074% 128
California 6,470 $29.13 $60,590 0.045% 149
Delaware 290 $29.09 $60,500 0.072% 73
District of Columbia 240 $29.07 $60,460 0.040% 100

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Las Cruces, NM MSA 150 $20.80 $43,260 0.259%
La Crosse, WI-MN MSA 130 $21.94 $45,640 0.188%
Yuba City, CA MSA 70 $24.43 $50,810 0.181%
Albuquerque, NM MSA 570 $24.47 $50,890 0.167%
Kankakee, IL PMSA 70 $21.72 $45,180 0.164%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Florence, SC MSA 70 $45.34 $94,300 0.113%
Rockford, IL MSA 110 $37.56 $78,120 0.065%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 70 $33.58 $69,840 0.038%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 110 $32.72 $68,070 0.014%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 160 $32.69 $67,990 0.077%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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