Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Florida

Experienced speech-language pathologists in Florida earned an average salary of $93,163 as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Overall, the statewide average for SLPs that year was $80,306. The comparable hourly wages in the state ranged from $38.61 to $44.79.

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Salaries for SLPs are increasing throughout the country, and Florida is no exception. In Florida, the average salary increased by 9.2% over the five-year period leading up to 2016.

Florida’s High Level of Employment and Job Growth for SLPs

Florida boasted the 4th highest number of speech-language pathologists in the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Homosassa Springs in particular has a high concentration of SLPs—the 2nd highest of any city in the nation that year.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported that 7,449 speech-language pathologists were employed in the state in 2015. The Department expects their numbers to increase by 19% between 2015 and 2023. This level of growth should result in 2,283 SLP jobs becoming available during the eight-year period of their analysis.

Detailed Salary Analysis for Florida’s Speech-Language Pathologists

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of the hourly wages and annual salaries of speech-language pathologists throughout Florida as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
190
81890
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
170
77730
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
130
71130
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan Division
610
89760
Gainesville FL
160
69960
Homosassa Springs FL
100
87920
Jacksonville FL
490
79520
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
140
78140
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL
1830
86870
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
610
80000
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island FL
110
83220
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton FL
280
76720
Ocala FL
120
85400
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
880
69100
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
350
66950
Panama City FL
90
69380
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
220
76370
Port St. Lucie FL
200
83860
Punta Gorda FL
40
86140
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
50
78890
Sebring FL
30
69380
Tallahassee FL
190
82490
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
1340
77090
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach FL Metropolitan Division
620
90790
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
50
97610
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
70
78500
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
30
67580

Salaries of Speech-Language Pathologists in Florida’s Major Cities

Shown below for comparison is the range of salaries and hourly wages for Florida’s SLPs, from the average to those with the most experience as published by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in 2016:

Cape Coral-Fort Myers:

  • Annual: $83,476 – $93,545
  • Hourly: $40.13 – $44.97

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin:

  • Annual: $79,231 – $92,623
  • Hourly: $38.09 – $44.53

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach:

  • Annual: $72,509 – $87,536
  • Hourly: $34.86 – $42.09

Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach:

  • Annual: $91,478 – $102,398
  • Hourly: $43.98 – $49.23

Gainesville:

  • Annual: $71,308 – $79,914
  • Hourly: $34.28 – $38.42

Homosassa Springs:

  • Annual: $89,616 – $89,451
  • Hourly: $43.09 – $47.70

Jacksonville:

  • Annual: $81,058 – $97,217
  • Hourly: $38.97 – $46.74

Lakeland-Winter Haven:

  • Annual: $79,655 – $91,150
  • Hourly: $38.30 – $43.82

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall:i

  • Annual: $81,536 – $88,691
  • Hourly: $39.20 – $42.64

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island:

  • Annual: $84,823 – $97,941
  • Hourly: $40.78 – $47.08

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton:

  • Annual: $78,203 – $90,191
  • Hourly: $37.59 – $43.36

Ocala:

  • Annual: $87,055 – $99,441
  • Hourly: $41.85 – $47.81

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford:

  • Annual: $70,438 – $81,213
  • Hourly: $33.86 – $39.04

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville:

  • Annual: $68,239 – $81,152
  • Hourly: $32.81 – $39.02

Panama City:

  • Annual: $70,723 – $77,581
  • Hourly: $34.00 – $37.30

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent:

  • Annual: $77,850 – $91,254
  • Hourly: $37.43 – $43.87

Port St. Lucie:

  • Annual: $85,475 – $98,065
  • Hourly: $41.09 – $47.14

Punta Gorda:

  • Annual: $87,799 – $98,178
  • Hourly: $42.21 – $47.20

Sebastian-Vero Beach:

  • Annual: $80,419 – $89,479
  • Hourly: $38.66 – $43.02

Sebring:

  • Annual: $70,724 – $91,329
  • Hourly: $34.00 – $43.91

Tallahassee:

  • Annual: $84,080 – $97,975
  • Hourly: $40.43 – $47.10

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater:

  • Annual: $78,577 – $92,335
  • Hourly: $37.78 – $44.39

The Villages:

  • Annual: $82,896 – $96,369
  • Hourly: $39.86 – $46.33

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach:

  • Annual: $92,539 – $100,547
  • Hourly: $44.49 – $48.34

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