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
- Emerson College offers a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology online - Prepare to become an SLP in as few as 20 months. No GRE required. Scholarships available.
- NYU Steinhardt's Master of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders online - ASHA-accredited. GRE and bachelor's degree required. Graduate prepared to pursue licensure.
- Baylor’s Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders online - Bachelor's and GRE scores required. Complete full time in 20 months or part time in 28 months.
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):