Maine’s most experienced speech-language pathologists earned an average salary of $87,970 ($36.04/hr) as of 2015 according to the state’s Center for Workforce Research and Information. That year, the overall statewide average SLP salary was $63,900 ($30.72/hr)
As the demand grows in Maine for speech-language pathology services, Center for Workforce Research estimates suggest that an average of 22 jobs a year will become available between 2014 and 2024.
An unusually large number of SLPs practice in the nonmetropolitan area of Southwest Maine. This area had the 3rd highest number of licensed SLPs of any nonmetropolitan area in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Urban and Rural Maine
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the hourly wages and annual salaries for speech-language pathologists in Maine’s major cities and nonmetropolitan areas (2015):
Salaries of Speech-Language Pathologists in Maine’s Counties
The average salary for SLPs varied by more than $18,000 in Maine’s counties. Shown below is the range of salaries from the average to the 75th percentile as published by the Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information in 2015:
- Annual: $68,678 – $77,707
- Hourly: $33.02 – $37.36
- Annual: $60,505 – $71,309
- Hourly: $29.09 – $34.28
- Annual: $67,239 – $78,970
- Hourly: $32.33 – $37.97
- Annual: $50,444 – $62,796
- Hourly: $24.25 – $30.19
- Annual: $61,490 – $73,346
- Hourly: $29.56 – $35.36
- Annual: $58,206 – $76,963
- Hourly: $27.98 – $37.00
- Annual: $59,824 – $72,140
- Hourly: $28.76 – $34.68
- Annual: $63,158 – $72,435
- Hourly: $30.36 – $34.82
- Annual: $67,848 – $83618
- Hourly: $32.62 – $40.20
- Annual: $59,371 – $70,563
- Hourly: $28.54 – $33.92
- Annual: $64,413 – $72,763
- Hourly: $30.97 – $34.98
Videoconferencing Helps Seniors and Students Obtain Speech Therapy in Rural Maine
With the baby boomer population growing older, the number of people in need of speech therapy due to stroke and hearing loss increased dramatically in recent years. Obtaining such specialized help is a particular problem for the residents of rural Maine. In addition, providing specialized help to schoolchildren with conditions such as autism proves prohibitively expensive in rural parts of the state.
The Portland Press Herald described how professor Judy Walker helps to solve these problems with a videoconferencing program that she developed at the University of Maine. Speech-language pathologists use online video technology to provide help to people in distant parts of the state.
Walker funded the program with a $174,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation of Maine, and as of August 2016, served 40 clients. She is working to expand the program which provides critical speech therapy to people who would otherwise lack access to these services.