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.
- Emerson College offers a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology online - Prepare to become an SLP in as few as 20 months. No GRE required. Scholarships available.
- Baylor’s Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders online - Bachelor's required. GRE scores not required. Complete full time in 20 months or part time in 28 months.
- NYU Steinhardt's Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders online - ASHA-accredited. GRE and bachelor's degree required. Graduate prepared to pursue licensure.
- Calvin University’s online Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree program - Prepares you to become a certified speech-language pathologist.
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:
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:
- Annual: $59,429 – $66,784
- Hourly: $28.71 – $32.36
- Annual: $61,864 – $69,939
- Hourly: $29.89 – $33.79
- Annual: $68,286 – $76,280
- Hourly: $32.99 – $36.85
- Annual: $87,246 – $98,883
- Hourly: $42.15 – $47.77
- Annual: $103,691 – $111,655
- Hourly: $50.09 – $53.93
- Annual: $64,603 – $75,072
- Hourly: $31.20 – $36.27
- Annual: $78,258 – $94,581
- Hourly: $37.81 – $45.69
- Annual: $87,977 – $99,948
- Hourly: $42.50 – $48.28
- Annual: $66,794 – $74,545
- Hourly: $32.26 – $36.01
- Annual: $67,393 – $76,899
- Hourly: $32.56 – $37.14
- Annual: $61,590 – $67,017
- Hourly: $29.75 – $32.37
- Annual: $69,604 – $83,655
- Hourly: $33.62 – $40.42
- Annual: $64,786 – $70,355
- Hourly: $31.29 – $33.98