Speech-language pathologists in DC earned the 4th highest average salary in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau reported that the average salary was $88,070 or $42.34 an hour that year. Nearly 400 SLPs were licensed to practice in the District in 2015.
The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists is increasing rapidly throughout the country, and Washington DC is no exception. The DC.gov Department of Employment Services included this profession on its list of the fastest growing occupations in the District of Columbia. The Department predicts the number of jobs for SLPs will increase by 16.59% between 2014 and 2024. This level of growth should generate an average of 35 jobs a year.
A High-Paying Career that Provides ob Satisfaction
In addition to earning high salaries, speech-language pathologists evince a high degree of job satisfaction according to two recent studies. The compensation specialist company PayScale surveyed more than 2 million workers to see if they thought that their work made the world a better place. Based on the results of this survey, the profession of speech-language pathology ranked among the 25 most meaningful jobs that pay well.
US News & World Report conducted another analysis and ranked SLP as the 19th best type of job to have in the healthcare field.
In addition to employment options in schools and academic centers, Washington, DC is home to a number of private clinics that focus primarily on speech-language pathology:
- Building Blocks Therapy
- Capitol Kids Speech Therapy
- Connections Therapy Session
- District Speech & Language Therapy
- Metropolitan Speech Pathology
- National Speech Language Center
- SpeechKids: Pediatric Speech Therapy Practice
- The Kids’ Communication Center
- The Reading Learning & Language Center
- Voicetrainer, LLC
DC is also home to one of the two offices for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Salaries of Speech-Language Pathologists in the Metropolitan DC Area
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed salary analysis for speech-language pathologists in the Washington metropolitan area: