Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Alabama

Alabama’s most experienced speech-language pathologists earned an average of $78,117 as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Labor. On average, SLPs in the state earned $68,833 that year.

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Salaries for speech-language pathologists have increased considerably in recent years according to US News & World Report, which ranked the profession 19th on its list of top healthcare jobs.

Job Growth in a High-Paying Field that Promises Job Satisfaction

In Alabama, speech-language pathology is such a promising field that it earned a place on two lists published by the state’s Department of Labor:

  • Alabama’s Hot 40 High-Demand Occupations
  • Alabama’s Fastest Growing Occupations

In fact, the Alabama Department of Labor predicts that the number of speech-language pathologists in the state will increase by 27.2% between 2014 and 2024– even faster than the national rate of increase for this promising field. The rate of growth predicted for this ten-year period is expected to lead to an average of 65 new SLP jobs becoming available in Alabama each year.

Both academic and private sector audiology and communicative disorder centers offer career opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Additionally, private speech-language pathology practices in Alabama include:

  • Birmingham: Birmingham Speech & Hearing Associates, LLC
  • Birmingham: Pattillo Balance and Hearing Center
  • Gardendale: Trinity Speech Language
  • Huntsville: Center for Speech & Language
  • Huntsville: Hearing & Speech Clinic
  • Tuscaloosa: Speech and Hearing Center
  • Vestavia Hills: Over the Mountain Speech

A Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Alabama

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed breakdown of hourly wages and annual salaries for speech-language pathologists throughout Alabama as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Birmingham-Hoover AL
440
67310
Decatur AL
50
63680
Dothan AL
60
77140
Gadsden AL
Estimate not released
65840
Huntsville AL
150
66430
Mobile AL
190
60710
Montgomery AL
80
68610
Tuscaloosa AL
50
63860
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
50
64280
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
90
72170

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Alabama’s Major Cities

Shown here for comparison are salary and hourly wage ranges for Alabama’s SLPs according to their level of experience as published by the Alabama Department of Labor in 2016. The highest salaries were found to be in the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley area that year:

Anniston-Oxford:

  • Annual: $59,429 – $66,784
  • Hourly: $28.71 – $32.36 

Auburn-Opelika:

  • Annual: $61,864 – $69,939
  • Hourly: $29.89 – $33.79

Birmingham-Hoover:

  • Annual: $68,286 – $76,280
  • Hourly: $32.99 – $36.85

Columbus:

  • Annual: $87,246 – $98,883
  • Hourly: $42.15 – $47.77

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley:

  • Annual: $103,691 – $111,655
  • Hourly: $50.09 – $53.93

Decatur:

  • Annual: $64,603 – $75,072
  • Hourly: $31.20 – $36.27

Dothan:

  • Annual: $78,258 – $94,581
  • Hourly: $37.81 – $45.69

Florence-Muscle Shoals:

  • Annual: $87,977 – $99,948
  • Hourly: $42.50 – $48.28

Gadsden:

  • Annual: $66,794 – $74,545
  • Hourly: $32.26 – $36.01 

Huntsville:

  • Annual: $67,393 – $76,899
  • Hourly: $32.56 – $37.14 

Mobile:

  • Annual: $61,590 – $67,017
  • Hourly: $29.75 – $32.37

Montgomery:

  • Annual: $69,604 – $83,655
  • Hourly: $33.62 – $40.42

Tuscaloosa:

  • Annual: $64,786 – $70,355
  • Hourly: $31.29 – $33.98

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