Monday, March 22, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Speech-Language Pathologist Pay

As we reviewed in Speech-Language Pathologist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas earlier this year, the largest U.S. metropolitan markets are the major centers for speech-language pathologist employment. Nonetheless, a deeper look into U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data discloses that smaller metro areas commonly provide speech-language pathologists with higher paying employment opportunities.  A review of May 2019 BLS data shows us that only three of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for speech-language pathologist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT N/A $117,710
2 Corvallis, OR 40 $105,380
3 Chico, CA 60 $104,640
4 New York-Newark-Jersey City (#) 13,240 $104,180
5 Bakersfield, CA 210 $103,760
6 Jackson, MI 50 $103,750
7 Santa Rosa, CA 100 $102,640
8 Columbus, GA-AL 50 $101,800
9 Fresno, CA 270 $101,550
10 Danbury, CT 90 $101,540
11 Ocala, FL 110 $101,200
12 Battle Creek, MI 60 $100,070
13 Gainesville, FL 210 $99,540
14 Modesto, CA 160 $99,500
15 Salinas, CA N/A $99,130
16 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood (#) 2,260 $98,360
17 Laredo, TX 120 $97,710
18 Dalton, GA 110 $97,640
19 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) N/A $97,500
20 Napa, CA 40 $96,750
National 154,360 $82,000

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 1, 2021

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