Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
112,530 1.1 % $33.60 $69,880 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.66 $25.59 $32.17 $40.51 $49.82
Annual Wage (2) $42,970 $53,230 $66,920 $84,250 $103,630


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,100 0.66 $30.92 $64,310
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 18,750 2.82 $36.45 $75,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 12,710 0.25 $35.33 $73,490
Nursing Care Facilities 5,010 0.30 $38.61 $80,310
Home Health Care Services 3,740 0.35 $43.18 $89,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 18,750 2.82 $36.45 $75,810
Educational Support Services 1,890 1.42 $29.46 $61,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,670 1.25 $36.00 $74,870
Elementary and Secondary Schools 56,100 0.66 $30.92 $64,310
Home Health Care Services 3,740 0.35 $43.18 $89,800

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 40 0.02 $58.60 $121,880
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 60 0.02 $48.02 $99,870
Home Health Care Services 3,740 0.35 $43.18 $89,800
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 550 0.07 $39.11 $81,360
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,530 0.08 $39.10 $81,340


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 10,350 1.03 1.16 $32.29 $67,160
California 9,090 0.65 0.73 $39.38 $81,910
New York 8,340 1.00 1.13 $36.90 $76,750
Illinois 6,990 1.26 1.43 $32.72 $68,050
Florida 5,760 0.81 0.92 $34.04 $70,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,020 1.48 1.68 $26.43 $54,970
New Mexico 1,030 1.32 1.49 $32.88 $68,390
Vermont 380 1.32 1.49 $30.84 $64,140
Arkansas 1,450 1.27 1.44 $29.03 $60,390
Illinois 6,990 1.26 1.43 $32.72 $68,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 210 0.67 0.76 $41.08 $85,440
Maryland 2,630 1.07 1.21 $39.57 $82,310
New Jersey 4,050 1.08 1.21 $39.51 $82,170
California 9,090 0.65 0.73 $39.38 $81,910
Colorado 2,550 1.18 1.33 $38.52 $80,120

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.28 1.44 $33.55 $69,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,780 0.76 0.86 $40.51 $84,270
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,250 1.13 1.27 $31.55 $65,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,060 0.82 0.93 $34.40 $71,550
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,980 1.65 1.86 $41.67 $86,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,950 0.51 0.58 $39.21 $81,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,740 1.03 1.17 $30.94 $64,350
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,570 0.95 1.07 $35.05 $72,900
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,460 1.18 1.34 $40.40 $84,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.63 0.71 $40.36 $83,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pueblo, CO 130 2.31 2.61 $41.39 $86,090
Sherman-Denison, TX 90 2.12 2.40 $41.84 $87,030
Charleston, WV 290 2.06 2.33 $23.42 $48,720
Cheyenne, WY 80 2.06 2.33 $32.38 $67,360
Greenville, NC 140 1.99 2.24 $33.45 $69,580
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 170 1.96 2.22 $28.26 $58,770
Fayetteville, NC 230 1.87 2.11 $31.70 $65,930
Bowling Green, KY 100 1.85 2.09 (8) (8)
Sandusky, OH 60 1.85 2.09 $32.14 $66,840
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 80 1.83 2.06 $24.42 $50,800




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 190 1.00 1.13 $47.26 $98,290
Laredo, TX 100 1.23 1.39 $44.82 $93,240
Salinas, CA 110 0.73 0.82 $43.72 $90,940
Springfield, OH 40 0.91 1.03 $43.12 $89,680
Visalia-Porterville, CA 90 0.67 0.76 $42.39 $88,170
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 190 0.75 0.85 $42.22 $87,820
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 390 1.19 1.35 $42.06 $87,490
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,220 0.99 1.12 $42.04 $87,440
Modesto, CA 80 0.50 0.57 $41.95 $87,250
Anchorage, AK 130 0.79 0.90 $41.86 $87,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 380 1.40 1.58 $30.43 $63,290
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 340 1.18 1.33 $27.64 $57,490
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 310 0.83 0.94 $24.23 $50,390
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 280 1.48 1.68 $33.73 $70,170
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.73 1.96 $24.04 $50,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 100 1.86 2.11 $25.27 $52,560
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.83 2.07 $33.35 $69,370
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.73 1.96 $24.04 $50,010
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 170 1.69 1.90 $31.30 $65,100
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.67 1.89 $29.33 $61,000

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 0.73 $40.20 $83,620
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.13 $83,480
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 1.07 $39.70 $82,570
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 50 1.43 1.62 $39.04 $81,190
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.38 $38.95 $81,010


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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