Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Colorado

Experienced speech-language pathologists in Colorado earned an average salary of $96,072 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Employment. Overall, Colorado’s SLPs earned an average salary of $84,528 that year.

This Department expects the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists to increase by 23.9% between 2014 and 2024—a rate faster than the national average. This level of growth should generate an average of 124 new jobs a year.

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Pueblo had the 6th highest concentration of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Colorado

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides hourly and annual salary data for speech-language pathologists throughout Colorado (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
290
73550
Colorado Springs CO
340
86470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood CO
1640
88320
Fort Collins CO
180
77150
Grand Junction CO
100
77720
Greeley CO
90
77750
Pueblo CO
140
89000
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area
60
73580
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area
100
80310
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area
90
78470

A High Paying Career that Offers Diverse Opportunities and Job Satisfaction

The Colorado Department of Education provides a rubric to ensure that the state’s SLPs demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current research in the field. Ratings range from basic to exemplary, and a rating of proficient shows that these professionals meet the state’s standard.

Elements of this rubric range from demonstrating knowledge to integrating evidence-based practices into their instruction. In addition, this Department evaluates speech-language pathologists on their ability to support and/or establish a safe learning environment for a diverse population of students.

Two different studies showed a high degree of job satisfaction for SLP professionals. US News & World Report rated the profession as the 19th best health care job. In addition, the salary aggregator and job board site PayScale rated speech-language pathology among the 25 most meaningful jobs that pay well in a survey of more than 2 million workers.

While academic centers and schools offer opportunities for SLPs, a number of private clinics in Colorado specialize in speech pathology:

Colorado Springs:

  • Colorado Springs Speech Therapy
  • Elizabeth Straka Speech Associates, LLC
  • Julie A. Herndon, LLC
  • Pediatric Speech and Language Center, LLC
  • The Shandy Clinic
  • Therapies of the Rockies

Denver:

  • Lowry Speech and Occupational Therapy

Aurora:

  • Therapies of the Rockies

Greeley:

  • Northern Colorado Speech Therapy

Lakewood:

  • Therapies of the Rockies

Westminster:

  • Colorado Bilingual Speech Therapy, LLC

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