Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Mississippi

Experienced speech-language pathologists in Mississippi earned an average salary of $74,060 ($35.61 an hour) as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Employment Security, while the overall statewide average SLP salary was $62,620 ($30.11 an hour) that year.

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The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in Mississippi will increase by 18.7% between 2012 and 2022 according to the state’s Department of Employment Security. The rate of job growth should be even higher in two cities:

  • Jackson—25%
  • Hattiesburg—20%

The level of growth in Mississippi should result in an average of 45 jobs a year becoming available in the state overall. One-third of these jobs will be in Jackson, which was home to more than 20% of the state’s licensed SLPs in 2016.

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Mississippi’s Major Cities

The salaries for speech-language pathologists were exceptionally high in Jackson. Shown below is the range of salaries from the average to the 70th percentile average (experienced) as published by the state’s Department of Employment Security in 2016:

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula:

  • Annual: $59,440 – $68,370
  • Hourly: $28.58 – $32.87

Hattieburg:

  • Annual: $56,880 – $62,330
  • Hourly: $27.35 – $29.97

Jackson:

  • Annual: $69,190 – $80,670
  • Hourly: $33.27 – $38.78

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security also provides salary data for speech-language pathologists in most of the state’s Workforce Investment Areas:

Delta:

  • Annual: $59,622 – $70,405
  • Hourly: $28.66 – $33.85

Southcentral Mississippi Works:

  • Annual: $67,269 – $78,439
  • Hourly: $32.34 – $37.71

Twin Districts:

  • Annual: $59,872 – $69,319
  • Hourly: $28.78 – $33.33

Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Mississippi

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed salary analysis for speech-language pathologists in the major cities and rural areas of Mississippi as of 2015:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula MS
220
59440
Hattiesburg MS
50
56880
Jackson MS
310
69190
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
220
58550
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
120
58740
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
210
61050
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area
80
59900

High Rates of Job Growth in a Satisfying Profession

Recent articles in major news magazines highlighted the high salaries and job satisfaction that speech-language pathologists enjoy. Forbes reported on the results of a survey published by PayScale.com. After querying more than 2 million workers, this firm ranked SLPs among the 25 most meaningful jobs with great salaries.

US News & World Report conducted another analysis that ranked speech-language pathology as the 19th best health care job..

While speech-language pathologists find employment in a number of industries ranging from schools to hospitals, private clinics are another source of jobs for these professionals. Mississippi is home to a number of specialized clinics that offer SLP services:

  • Columbus: MUW Speech & Hearing Center
  • Gulfport: Elisha’s Speech & Language Services
  • Hattiesburg: Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
  • Jackson: Beyond Therapy Pediatric Group
  • Jackson: Mississippi Speech Therapy
  • Livingston: Helping Hands Therapy
  • Starkville: Kids Therapy Spot
  • Sumrall: Aultman Speech Therapy

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