Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Louisiana

Speech-language pathologists in Louisiana who earned salaries that fell within the top ten percent enjoyed an average income of $94,474 ($45.42 hourly) as of 2015 according to the state’s Workforce Commission. Overall, SLPs in the state earned an average salary of $63,414 ($30.49 hourly).

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The Louisiana Workforce Commission predicts that the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the state will increase by 14.5% between 2014 and 2024. Ninety jobs should become available in Louisiana each year on average during this period. Growth rates are expected to be even higher in these three regions:

  • Lake Charles Region—18.8%
  • New Orleans Region—15.4%
  • Baton Rouge Region—15.0%

In addition to enjoying a rapid rate of job growth, the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Regions were home to nearly 50% of Louisiana’s 2,210 SLPs as of 2015.

Detailed Salary Analysis for Louisiana’s Speech-Language Pathologists

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for speech-language pathologists practicing throughout Louisiana as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alexandria LA
70
64350
Baton Rouge LA
580
65830
Hammond LA
60
55910
Houma-Thibodaux LA
100
55220
Lafayette LA
290
58110
Lake Charles LA
140
66910
Monroe LA
120
65560
New Orleans-Metairie LA
520
63460
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
180
62100
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
130
76320
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area
120
62960

Speech-Language Pathologist Salaries in Louisiana by Region

The values shown below are provided for comparative purposes. They represent the salary and hourly wage range (from the average to the 90th percentile average) for Louisiana’s SLPs as published by the Louisiana Workforce Commission in 2016:

Alexandria Region:

  • Annual: $72,774 – $114,379
  • Hourly: $34.99 – $54.99

Baton Rouge Region:

  • Annual: $64,645 – $100,776
  • Hourly: $31.08 – $48.85

Houma Region:

  • Annual: $54,676 – $62,733
  • Hourly: $26.29 – $30.16

Lafayette Region:

  • Annual: $57,561 – $77,771
  • Hourly: $27.67 – $37.39

Lake Charles Region:

  • Annual: $66,165 – $112,258
  • Hourly: $31.79 – $53.97

Monroe Region:  

  • Annual: $64,972 – $91,562
  • Hourly: $31.24 – $44.02

New Orleans Region:

  • Annual: $63,464 – $89,170
  • Hourly: $30.51 – $42.87

Shreveport Region:

  • Annual: $62,915 – $104,562
  • Hourly: $30.25 – $50.27

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