The most experienced speech-language pathologists in Alaska earned an average of $121,950 a year as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. On average, SLPs in the state earned $88,926 that year.
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.
Speech-Language Pathologists in Alaska Earn Unusually High Salaries
Alaska’s speech-language pathologists earned the 3rd highest average salary in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These SLPs earned an average of 15% more than speech-language pathologists in the US as a whole.
SLPs in Fairbanks in particular earned exceptionally high salaries. These speech-language pathologies earned the 4th highest average salary of any city in the country. These professionals earned an average of 19% more than SLPs in Alaska overall.
Job Growth in a High-Paying Field that Promises Job Satisfaction
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce designated the profession of speech-language pathology as having “strong growth.” This Department predicts that the number of jobs for SLPs will increase by 15.2% between 2012 and 2022. More than one-third of the state’s SLPs are at least 50 years of age and thus nearing retirement.
Both academic and private sector audiology and communicative disorder centers offer career opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Alaska offers a number of private practices that specialize in SLP:
- Achieve Speech Therapy
- Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center
- Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
- Alaska Speech & Language Depot, Inc.
- Listen 2 Learn Speech Therapy
- Michelle B. Burch, SLP
- Pediatric Speech-Language Services
- Production Plus
- Spell Clinic
- Takagi June K
- Talking with Ty Speech Therapy
- Time for Speech
- Fairbanks Hearing & Balance Center
A Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Alaska
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed breakdown of hourly wages and annual salaries for speech-language pathologists throughout Alaska as of 2015: