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 an online master’s in speech-language pathology with the same curriculum as its top-ranked* on-campus program. Students are prepared to pursue SLP certification in as few as 20 months. GRE Required.
*U.S. News & World Report, 2018
- NYU Steinhardt's online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech@NYU, offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines research and evidence-based clinical practice in a flexible online format. Speech@NYU prepares students across the country to become creative, collaborative, and effective speech-language pathologists. Students of this program will gain the experience needed to provide care to diverse populations across the life span. Request information.
- Baylor’s SLP master’s program online can be completed full time in 20 months or part time in 25 months. 100 percent of on-campus graduates pass the Praxis and become employed. Bachelor’s and GRE required.
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