Speech-Language Pathology Salary in New York

Speech-language pathologists in New York State earned the 5th highest average salary in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, two of the state’s metropolitan areas were among the 7th highest paying in the country:

  • 2nd—Watertown-Fort Drum
  • 7th—Nassau County-Suffolk County
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Experienced speech-language pathologist in New York earned an average salary of $107,450 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Labor. The median salary among SLPs was $81,090 that year.

Shown here are salary ranges for New York’s SLPs by region (these values represent the range from entry-level to experienced as determined by the New York Department of Labor):

  • Long Island: $105,550 – $120,070
  • Hudson Valley: $97,210 – $136,450
  • New York City: $85,660 – $109,880
  • Western New York: $69,840 – $91,110
  • North Country: $66,640 – $92,230
  • Capital Region: $65,750 – $77,640
  • Central New York: $63,700 – $78,550
  • Mohawk Valley: $63,440 – $77,810
  • Finger Lakes: $62,300 – $74,300
  • Southern Tier: $60,730 – $71,150

A Growing Number of Opportunities in a High-Demand Field

Statewide, New York was home to the 3rd highest number of licensed speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 10,100 SLPs practiced in New York that year. Certain regions were highlighted in the Bureau’s report for having a particularly high number and high concentration of licensed SLPs available to serve local residents with communicative disorders:

  • Highest number in the nation: New York-Jersey City-White Plains
  • 7th highest number in the nation: Nassau County-Suffolk County
  • 8th highest concentration in the nation: Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls

The demand is so great for speech therapy services that even with so many licensed SLPs in the state, the New York State Department of Labor expects the number of jobs to increase by 21.5% between 2014 and 2024—a rate higher than the national average for this profession. This rate of growth should result in more than 500 jobs becoming available each year on average during this ten-year period.

In addition to working in residential care facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and schools, private clinics provide New York’s SLPs with a unique opportunity to serve diverse patient populations, from young children struggling with speech disorders to elderly stroke survivors dealing with dysphagia. Some of the top independent practices and clinics in the state include:

  • Long Island Suffolk Center for Speech in Commack, Stony Brook, Wantagh and Farmingville, among other locations
  • Long Island Stuttering and Speech Pathology in East Northport
  • North Shore Center for Speech Language & Swallowing Disorders in Garden City
  • Beth M. Levetown, MA in New York
  • Christie Block, MA in New York
  • Linda C. Bejoian, MS in New York
  • Timberly Leite, MA CCC-SLP in New York
  • Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services in Purchase
  • Spot With Thera Talk in Whitestone

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in New York’s Cities and Rural Areas

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed salary and hourly rate information for speech-language pathologists in a number of locations throughout New York (2015):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY
630
64930
Binghamton NY
130
68410
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls NY
1100
76550
Dutchess County-Putnam County NY Metropolitan Division
160
78600
Glens Falls NY
50
73520
Ithaca NY
50
51780
Kingston NY
100
77360
Nassau County-Suffolk County NY Metropolitan Division
2040
99540
New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
6230
95790
New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA
9900
94900
Rochester NY
800
64650
Syracuse NY
360
67880
Utica-Rome NY
140
70270
Watertown-Fort Drum NY
50
107810
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
230
68520
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
140
63820
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
200
63450

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