Experienced speech-language pathologists in Missouri whose salaries fell within the 90th percentile earned an average of $98,780 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Economic Development. Statewide, the overall average for SLPs that year was $67,370.
- 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.
An estimated 3,330 speech-language pathologists were licensed to practice in Missouri as of 2015. More than half of these SLPs were located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. In fact, St. Louis was home to the 9th highest number of licensed SLPs of any city in the country that year according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development expects the number of jobs for SLPs to increase by 8.54% during the ten-year period leading up to 2022. The Department expects the rate of increase in the St. Louis area to be even higher at 9.81%. A total of 849 jobs for speech-language pathologists will open up during this ten-year period. Forty percent of them should be in St. Louis.
In addition to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other residential care facilities, outpatient clinics provide some of the best opportunities available to speech-language pathologists interested in working with diverse patient populations. Just some of the independent practices and clinics in Missouri include:
- Blue Springs: Billings Speech Pathology Services
- Creve Couer: Sensory Solutions
- Kansas City: Keenan Stump, SLP
- Kansas City: Sally J. Shubat, MA
- St. Joseph: Weber Speech Clinic
- St. Louis: Speech Language Learning Systems
- St. Louis: The Speech Spot
- St. Louis: Walker Scottish Rite Clinic
SLP Salary Ranges in Missouri’s Most Populated Counties
The Missouri Department of Economic Development provides the salaries for speech-language pathologists in the 20 most populated counties by referring to the metropolitan or nonmetropolitan statistical area that the counties belong to. The values shown here represent the range from the overall average to the top ten percent for these statistical areas:
St. Louis: $71,280 – $101,690
- Louis County
- Charles County
- Jefferson County
- Franklin County
- Lincoln County
Kansas City: $68,610 – $96,580
- Jackson County
- Clay County
- Cass County
- Platte County
Springfield: $62,610 – $90,800
- Greene County
- Christian County
Joplin: $54,900 – $102,840
- Jasper County
- Newton County
Columbia: $76,000 – $99,870
- Boone County
Cape Girardeau: $65,270 – $101,530
- Cape Girardeau County
Jefferson: $45,220 – $60,110
- Cole County
Nonmetropolitan Area of Central Missouri: $51,040 – $74,190
- Johnson County
- Pulaski County
Nonmetropolitan Area of Southeast Missouri: $61,030 – $100,760
- Francois County
Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Missouri
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the annual salaries and hourly wages for speech-language pathologists throughout Missouri as of 2015: