Experienced speech-language pathologists in North Carolina earned an average salary of $80,750 as of 2016 according to the state’s Department of Commerce. The median salary among SLPs that year was $65,840. The comparable hourly wages ranged from $31.65 to $38.83.
- 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.
- Baylor’s Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders online - Bachelor's required. GRE scores not required. Complete full time in 20 months or part time in 28 months.
- 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.
- Calvin University’s online Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree program - Prepares you to become a certified speech-language pathologist.
Two areas of North Carolina had exceptionally high levels of jobs for SLPs in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Greenville—10th highest concentration jobs of any city in the country
- Piedmont nonmetropolitan area—5th highest number of jobs of any rural area
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in North Carolina’s Major Cities
- Annual: $83,490 – $93,730
- Hourly: $40.14 – $45.06
- Annual: $55,020 – $63,550
- Hourly: $26.45 – $30.55
- Annual: $64,930 – $78,070
- Hourly: $31.22 – $37.54
- Annual: $63,020 – $73,370
- Hourly: $30.30 – $35.28
- Annual: $65,700 – $83,050
- Hourly: $31.59 – $39.93
- Annual: $56,590 – $69,850
- Hourly: $27.21 – $33.58
- Annual: $59,880 – $70,780
- Hourly: $27.21 – 33.58
- Annual: $62,320 – $71,020
- Hourly: $29.96 – $34.14
- Annual: $88,050 – $99,320
- Hourly: $42.33 – $47.45
- Annual: $58,280 – $70,120
- Hourly: $28.02 – $33.71
- Annual: $85,390 – $93,560
- Hourly: $41.06 – $44.98
- Annual: $70,610 – $87,500
- Hourly: $33.95 – $42.07
- Annual: $78,060 – $91,090
- Hourly: $37.53 – $43.79
- Annual: $66,960 – $80,990
- Hourly: $33.84 – $32.19
- Annual: $60,980 – $75,840
- Hourly: $29.32 – $36.46
A Promising Field With High Rates of Job Satisfaction
The North Carolina Department of Commerce expects the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the state to increase by 20.9% between 2012 and 2022, opening up an average of 128 jobs a year during this period. Job growth levels should be even higher in many regions of the state:
- Sandhills Region—29.7%
- North Central Region—28.5%
- Southeast Region—27.6%
- Western Region—26.1%
- Southwest Region—24.6%
- Northeast Region—21.9%
- Piedmont-Triad Region—21.7%
Two separate studies found that speech-language pathologists evince a high level of job satisfaction in addition to earning high salaries. US News & World Report ranked the profession as the 19th best type of health care job to have. The publication also noted an increase of 6.9% in the average salary between 2010 and 2014.
Forbes reported on the findings of PayScale.com that placed speech-language pathology among the 25 most meaningful jobs that pay well. PayScale.com specializes in tracking the earnings of professionals and surveyed more than 2 million workers to determine if they thought that their work makes the world a better place.
Outpatient clinics in North Carolina that feature SLPs include:
- Asheville: Carolina Pediatric therapy
- Charlotte: Speech Matters
- Charlotte: TerrificTalkers
- Charlotte: The Brain Trainer
- Fayetteville: Therapy Playground, Inc.
- Hope Mills: Coastal Speech Center
- Jacksonville: Speech 4 Kids, Inc.
Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists Throughout North Carolina
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the salaries of speech-language pathologists in North Carolina’s major cities and rural areas as of 2015: