Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Illinois

Experienced speech-language pathologists in Illinois earned an average salary of $89,503 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Employment Security. The median salary among SLPs in the state was $78,877 that year.

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Illinois boasted the 5th highest number of speech-language pathologists of any state in the country in 2015. More than 6,300 SLPs practiced in the state  that year.

In particular, Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights had the 2nd highest number of SLPs of any metropolitan area in the country. Nearly 60% of the speech-language pathologists in Illinois practiced in the Chicago metropolitan area in 2015.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security predicts that the number of SLPs will increase by 7.54% between 2014 and 2024. This rate of increase should generate an average of 248 jobs a year for SLPs in Illinois during this ten-year period.

An Analysis of Speech-Language Pathologist Salaries Throughout Illinois

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for speech-language pathologists in the major cities and nonmetropolitan areas of Illinois (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bloomington IL
40
79630
Carbondale-Marion IL
60
74400
Champaign-Urbana IL
80
57000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights IL Metropolitan Division
3780
77580
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI
4950
77170
Decatur IL
50
54910
Elgin IL Metropolitan Division
430
73480
Kankakee IL
30
82430
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
550
76140
Peoria IL
160
73930
Rockford IL
180
86800
Springfield IL
140
73040
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
90
61940
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
150
83540
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
90
61090
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
110
66820

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Most Populated Counties of Illinois

Shown below for comparison is the range (from median to the average for the most experienced) among Illinois’s SLPs as published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security in 2015. Experienced speech-language pathologists in DeKalb and Winnebago Counties earned exceptionally high salaries that year:

Champaign County:

  • Annual: $53,336 – $67,374
  • Hourly: $25.64 – $32.39

Cook County:

  • Annual: $80,481 – $93,318
  • Hourly: $38.69 – $44.86

DeKalb County:

  • Annual: $73,019 – $109,147
  • Hourly: $35.11 – $52.47

DuPage County:

  • Annual: $78,670 – $92,646
  • Hourly: $37.82 – $44.54

Kane County:

  • Annual: $67,713 – $83,537
  • Hourly: $32.55 – $40.16

Kankakee County:

  • Annual: $84,715 – $92,584
  • Hourly: $40.73 – $44.51

Lake County:

  • Annual: $75,038 – $88,365
  • Hourly: $36.08 – $42.48

LaSalle County:

  • Annual: $61,561 – $83,706
  • Hourly: $29.60 – $40.24

Macon County:

  • Annual: $52,495 – $65,108
  • Hourly: $25.24 – $31.30

Madison County:

  • Annual: $68,416 – $83,982
  • Hourly: $32.89 – $40.38

McHenry County:

  • Annual: $61,025 – $72,045
  • Hourly: $29.34 – $34.64

McLean County:

  • Annual: $75,216 – $90,393
  • Hourly: $36.16 – $43.46

Peoria County:

  • Annual: $75,222 – $90,916
  • Hourly: $36.16 – $43.71

Sangamon County:

  • Annual: $72,887 – $84,996
  • Hourly: $35.04 – $40.86

Tazewell County:

  • Annual: $56,807 – $68,994
  • Hourly: $27.31 = $33.17

Will County:

  • Annual: $59,794 – $78,307
  • Hourly: $28.75 – $37.65

Winnebago County:

  • Annual: $84,056 – $102,071
  • Hourly: $40.41 – $49.07

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