Speech-language pathologists in Indiana with salaries that fell within the top 10% for the state earned an average of $111,072 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Workforce Development. The Department also reported that the median salary among SLPs was $71,698 that year.
The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the state should increase by 20.9% between 2012 and 2022. This rate of growth will generate an average of 82 jobs a year during this ten-year period.
Job Satisfaction and Retention of School SLPs in Indiana
US News & World Report pointed out that the average salary increased by nearly 7% between 2010 and 2014. Also, this publication ranked the profession as being the 19th best type of health care job to have.
Salary survey company PayScale.com tracks the wages of more than 50 million workers and surveyed 2 million of them about whether they thought that their work made the world a better place. Based on these responses, the company ranked the SLP profession among the 25 most meaningful jobs that offer good salaries.=
A master’s thesis by Elizabeth Buck of Indiana University provided a detailed examination of the job satisfaction for speech-language pathologists in Indiana’s K-12 schools by conducting a survey of 269 of these professionals.
As of 2010, high caseloads were a significant negative factor for many of the state’s SLPs employed in schools. However, the respondents to her survey looked favorably upon a number of aspects of their jobs:
- Working with children: all but one of the respondents
- Ten-month contract: 95.3%
- Educational setting: 92.9%
- Variety within their caseload: 80.9%
- Collaboration with other professionals: 78.7%
- Benefits: 72.6%
- Access to technology: 63.9%
- Variety of daily activities: 63.4%
- Workspace and facilities: 63.1%
Salaries and Hourly Wages of Speech-Language Pathologists Throughout Indiana
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for speech-language pathologists in Indiana’s major cities and rural areas (2015):