Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Georgia

Georgia’s speech-language pathologists with salaries within the top 10% earned an average of $100,963 as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Labor. Statewide, SLPs earned an average salary of $72,427 that year. The hourly wages for these categories ranged from $34.83 to $48.54.

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Counties in which speech-language pathologists earned the highest average salaries are shown below:

  • Glynn County: $89,678
  • Chatham County: $84,405
  • DeKalb County: $84,318
  • Floyd County: $80,742
  • Muscogee County: $80,595
  • Liberty County: $78,402
  • Hall County: $74,838
  • Douglas County: $74,400
  • Lowndes County: $74,152
  • Catoosa County: $73,391

High Rates of Job Growth for Georgia’s Speech-Language Pathologists

The profession of speech-language pathology ranked as one of “Georgia’s Hot Careers to 2022” based on these criteria:

  • Fast job growth
  • Above average wages
  • At least 100 expected annual openings a year

In fact, the rate of job growth for SLPs in the state should be higher than the national average. The Georgia Department of Labor predicts that the rate of increase for jobs in this field will be 25.8% between 2014 and 2024.

This level of growth should generate an average of 145 jobs a year for speech-language pathologists. Twenty openings a year should become available each year on average in these regions:

  • City of Atlanta
  • Fulton County
  • Southern Georgia

Georgia’s Department of Labor predicts that 10 jobs a year will become available in these regions:

  • Northwest Georgia
  • Georgia Mountains
  • Cobb County
  • Atlanta Regional
  • Northeast Georgia
  • Coastal Georgia

The Atlanta area has an unusually large number of speech-language pathologists employed there. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the 8th largest number of SLPs of any metropolitan area in the country in 2015.

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Georgia’s Cities and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of the salaries for speech-language pathologists in Georgia as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Athens-Clarke County GA
80
69760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA
1760
71100
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
140
67130
Columbus GA-AL
50
86000
Gainesville GA
60
73770
Macon GA
50
79850
Rome GA
60
79590
Savannah GA
60
75280
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
80
65770
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
150
61760
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
60
62210
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
200
64490

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Georgia’s Major Cities

Shown below for comparison is the range of salaries (from the average to the top 10%) as published by the Georgia Department of Labor in 2016:

Albany:

  • Annual: $52,562 – $62,046
  • Hourly: $25.27 – $29.83 

Athens:

  • Annual: $70,782 – $94,931
  • Hourly: $34.03 – $45.64

Atlanta:

  • Annual: $72,134 – $97,968
  • Hourly: $34.68 – $47.10

Augusta: 

  • Annual: $68.120 – $99,965
  • Hourly: $32.75 – $48.06

Brunswick:

  • Annual: $89,690 – $113,672
  • Hourly: $43.12 – $54.65

Columbus:

  • Annual: $87,256 – $123,344
  • Hourly: $41.95 – $59.30

Gainesville:

  • Annual: $74,838 – $100,131
  • Hourly: $35.98 – $48.14

Hinesville:

  • Annual: $78,416 – $99,466
  • Hourly: $37.70 – $47.82

Macon:

  • Annual: $81,016 – $118,435
  • Hourly: $38.95 – $56.94

Rome:

  • Annual: $80,725 – $112,549
  • Hourly: $38.81 – $54.11

Savannah:

  • Annual: $76,357 – $99,424
  • Hourly: $36.71 – $47.80

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