Speech-Language Pathology Salary in California

As of 2016, speech-language pathologists earned an average salary of $89,610 according to California’s Employment Development Department. Experienced speech-language pathologists with salaries in the 70th percentile earned an average of $105,539 that year.

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California’s SLPs earned the second highest average salary in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, five of the state’s cities were among the top ten metro areas in the country in terms of highest average SLP salaries that year:

    • #1—Redding
    • #3—Sacramento area
    • #6—Salinas
    • #9—Santa Maria-Santa Barbara
    • #10—Fresno

High Employment Levels and Job Growth for California’s SLPs

The California Employment Development Department expects the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists to increase by 14.3% between 2012 and 2022. This level of growth should result in an average of 330 jobs a year becoming available.

California has a large number of SLPs according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2015, the state had the 2nd highest number of speech-language pathologists in the country with 10,480 employed that year. The Los Angeles area had the 5th highest number of SLPs of any metropolitan area.

Salaries of Speech-Language Pathologists Throughout California

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries of speech-language pathologists in the major cities of California and two of its rural areas as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
1100
87750
Bakersfield CA
130
80000
Fresno CA
630
95880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA
3690
84340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
2590
82900
Madera CA
Estimate not released
80510
Merced CA
40
76330
Modesto CA
140
80610
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley CA Metropolitan Division
550
89430
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
300
84880
Redding CA
60
122660
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
710
86880
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade CA
780
106520
Salinas CA
110
100200
San Diego-Carlsbad CA
920
87740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward CA
990
89360
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco CA Metropolitan Division
360
90410
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
500
94210
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande CA
80
84040
San Rafael CA Metropolitan Division
80
83940
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
80
81630
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara CA
200
96040
Santa Rosa CA
100
78300
Stockton-Lodi CA
300
83490
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
90
93610
Visalia-Porterville CA
60
89440
Yuba City CA
40
76060
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
40
79750
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
60
54420

*Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,200 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries higher than these values.

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in California’s Most Populated Counties

Shown here for comparison are salaries of speech-language pathologists in California’s most populated counties according to a 2016 report published by California’s Employment Development Department. Shown below are salaries ranging from the average to the 70th percentile average:

Alameda:

      • Annual: $90,726 – $109,990
      • Hourly: $43.62 – $52.88

Contra Costa:

      • Annual: $90,726 – $109,990
      • Hourly: $43.62 – $52.88

Fresno:

      • Annual: $97,270 – $117,042
      • Hourly: $46.77 – $56.27

Kern:

      • Annual: $81,159 – $93,683
      • Hourly: $39.02 – $45.04

Los Angeles:

      • Annual: $84,101 – $101,088
      • Hourly: $40.43 – $48.60

Marin:

      • Annual: $85,517 – $97,552
      • Hourly: $40.93 – $46.90

Merced:

      • Annual: $77,436 – $86,882
      • Hourly: $47.23- $41,77

Monterey:

      • Annual: $101,652 – $130,021
      • Hourly: $48.87 – $62.51

Orange:

      • Annual: $89,022 – $104,686
      • Hourly: $42.80 – $50.33

Placer:

      • Annual: $108,064 – $116,168
      • Hourly: $51.95 – $55.85

Riverside:

      • Annual: $88,139 – $103,480
      • Hourly: $42.38 – $49.75

Sacramento:

      • Annual: $108,064 – $116,168
      • Hourly: $51.95 – $55.85

San Bernardino:

      • Annual: $88,139 – $103,480
      • Hourly: $42.38 – $49.75

San Diego:

      • Annual: $89,012 – $110,552
      • Hourly: $42.79 – $53.15

San Francisco:

      • Annual: $91,720 – $109,179
      • Hourly: $44.09 – $52.49

San Joaquin:

      • Annual: $84,700 – $99,965
      • Hourly: $40.72 – $48.06

San Luis Obispo:

      • Annual: $85,258 – $94,182
      • Hourly: $41.99 – $45.28

San Mateo:

      • Annual: $91,720 – $109,179
      • Hourly: $44.09 – $52.49

Santa Barbara:

      • Annual: $97,432 – $115,482
      • Hourly: $46.84 – $55.52

Santa Clara:

      • Annual: $95,575 – $107,515
      • Hourly: $45.95 – $51.69

Santa Cruz:

      • Annual: $82,813 – $98,987
      • Hourly: $39.81 – $47.59

Solano:

      • Annual: $94,967 – $121,399
      • Hourly: $45.66 – $58.36

Sonoma:

      • Annual: $79,435 – $93,330
      • Hourly: $38.20 – $44.87

Stanislaus:

      • Annual: $81,778 – $99,195
      • Hourly: $39.32 – $47.69

Tulare:

      • Annual: $90,736 – $102,773
      • Hourly: $43.62 – $49.41

Ventura:

      • Annual: $86.110 – $101,130
      • Hourly: $41.40 – $48.62

Yolo:

      • Annual: $108,064 – $116,168
      • Hourly: $51.95 – $55.85

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