The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions considers the profession of speech-language pathology to have a “bright outlook statewide.” SLPs earn high salaries in the state and have promising job prospects.
Speech-language pathologists in the nonmetropolitan part of Eastern New Mexico earned the 4th highest average salary of SLPs in any rural part of the country as of 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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The median salary among speech-language pathologists in New Mexico was $74,120 according to the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions. Experienced SLPs earned an average salary of $95,980. The comparable hourly wages for these categories were $35.64 and $46.14.
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in New Mexico’s Major Cities
- Annual: $72,540 – $94,260
- Hourly: $34.87 – $45.32
- Annual: $60,080 – $66,670
- Hourly: $28.89 – $32.06
- Annual: $77,570 – $94,260
- Hourly: $37.29 – $45.32
Extremely High Concentrations of SLP Jobs and Growth
The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in New Mexico is expected to increase by 24.6% between 2014 and 2024. This rate of increase exceeds the national average for this profession. In fact, this rate of growth exceeds that for jobs overall in New Mexico by more than 3-fold.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that New Mexico boasted the 2nd highest concentration of jobs for SLPs in the country in 2015. Both urban and rural areas had high concentrations:
- Nonmetropolitan Southwestern New Mexico: highest concentration of jobs of any rural area in the country
- Las Cruces: 5th highest concentration of jobs of any city in the US
While schools are major employers of speech-language pathologists, outpatient clinics offer numerous opportunities. New Mexico contains a number of clinics that utilize SLPs:
- Albuquerque Speech Language and Hearing Center
- Chatterbox Speech Therapy
- Christina Brown & Associates
- Earley Palagi & Associates
- Laurie Ross Brennan & Associates
- Wendy Buckels Speech Therapy
- Deborah Hayden, SLP
- Joan Kessler, SLP
- Learning Tree
- Matthew T. Kelly, MA, CCC-SLP
- Prompt Institute
- Santa Fe Therapy Associates
- Elizabeth M. Branch, MA
- Judy T. Salamon, MA
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Urban and Rural New Mexico
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides highly detailed salary information for speech-language pathologists in the major cities and two rural areas of New Mexico: