While speech-language pathologists in Massachusetts earned an average salary of $81,290, SLPs with experience and earning salaries within the top ten percent averaged $93,380 as of 2015 according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
- Emerson College offers an online master’s in speech-language pathology with the same curriculum as its top-ranked* on-campus program. Students are prepared to pursue SLP certification in as few as 20 months. GRE Required.
*U.S. News & World Report, 2018
- NYU Steinhardt's online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech@NYU, offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines research and evidence-based clinical practice in a flexible online format. Speech@NYU prepares students across the country to become creative, collaborative, and effective speech-language pathologists. Students of this program will gain the experience needed to provide care to diverse populations across the life span. GRE Required. Request information.
- Baylor’s SLP master’s program online can be completed full time in 20 months or part time in 25 months. 100 percent of on-campus graduates pass the Praxis and become employed. Bachelor’s and GRE required.
The Office provided salary data for workforce regions of Massachusetts. Shown below is the average salary and the 90th percentile average for speech-language pathologists in various regions throughout the state:
- Berkshire County: $90,825 – $102,433
- Boston: $84,068 – $94,192
- Bristol County: $77,666 – $91,296
- Brockton: $67,374 – $73,618
- Cape & Islands: $81,927 – $92,941
- Central Massachusetts: $74,929 – $84,924
- Franklin/Hampshire: $81,462 – $92,961
- Greater Lowell: $78,231 – $87,419
- Greater New Bedford: $79,464 – $93,309
- Hampden County: $72,496 – $84,903
- Lower Merrimack Valley: $80,018 – $91,163
- Metro North: $87,744 – $101,325
- Metro South/West: $80,839 – $93,708
- North Central: $71,735 – $79,337
- North Shore: $81,906 – $92,678
- South Shore: $90,583 – $106,324
A Growing Field With Opportunities in a Number of Industries
The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists was exceptionally high in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, which had the 8th highest number of positions for SLPs of any metropolitan area in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nearly 4,000 SLPs practiced in Massachusetts in 2014 according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. More than 40% of the state’s speech-language pathologists practiced in educational services with the remainder working in other industries:
- Ambulatory Health Care Services (such as clinics)—13%
- Social Assistance—10%
- Nursing and Residential Care Facilities—8%
The number of these specialists is growing, too. The Executive Office predicts that the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists will increase by more than 7% between 2014 and 2024.
The job growth rates for SLPs in health care facilities such as hospitals and ambulatory health care services will be nearly 1% higher than the statewide average for this profession. Massachusetts is home to a number of ambulatory care centers that focus on speech pathology:
- Andover: The Speech and Language Corner
- Burlington: Children’s Speech and Hearing Specialists
- Foxborough: Sharon D. Frank, MA
- Foxborough: Speech and Voice Therapy Center, LLC
- Framingham: Bright Side Speech Therapy, LLC
- Hingham: Hingham Speech & Language Therapy
- Ipswich: The School Speech Therapist
- Leominster: Lisa Phillips, MS
- Lexington: Adriana DiGrande
- Lexington: Chatterboxes Speech Language & Feeding
- Mansfield: Blue Dragonfly Children’s Therapy
- Medfield: Speech-Language and Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, PC
- Needham Heights: Children’s Speech and Feeding Therapy, Inc.
- Newton Center: Chatterboxes
- Norwell: Speech Language Pathology Center
- Peabody: North Shore Children’s Therapies
- Plainville: Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston
- Plymouth: Golden Speech Therapy
- Shrewsbury: Speech & Language Specialties
- South Easton: Let’s Talk Speech & Language Therapy Services, LLC
- Tewksbury: akspeech, LLC
- Waltham: Massachusetts Speech Language
- Wayland: Burnett Speech Therapy
- Wellesley: Wellesley Pediatric Speech Therapy
- Weymouth: South Shore Therapies, Inc.
- Woburn: Speech Therapy | Baldwin Park I
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Major Cities of Massachusetts
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an in-depth analysis of the salaries for speech-language pathologists in cities throughout Massachusetts: