Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Indiana

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.

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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):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Elkhart-Goshen IN
60
62380
Evansville IN-KY
190
62870
Fort Wayne IN
200
76760
Gary IN Metropolitan Division
190
80420
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson IN
1010
77420
Kokomo IN
30
91290
Lafayette-West Lafayette IN
70
75990
Muncie IN
40
65380
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
110
66710
Terre Haute IN
30
69770
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area
100
57090
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area
150
70480
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area
160
69430

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