Experienced speech-language pathologists in North Dakota earned an average salary of $74,530 as of 2015 according to the state’s Workforce Intelligence Network. SLPs in the state earned $65,040 on average. The hourly wages for these categories range from $31.27 to $35.83.
North Dakota had the 3rd highest concentration of jobs for speech-language pathologists in the country in 2015 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Bismarck ranked as the city with the 9th highest concentration of such jobs in the country.
The BLS projects rapid job growth for SLPs throughout the US. This agency expects that the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists will increase by 21% between 2014 and 2024.
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in North Dakota’s Major Cities
- Annual: $73,620 – $85,560
- Hourly: $35.40 – $41.14
- Annual: $58,900 – $66,280
- Hourly: $28.32 – $31.87
- Annual: $52,200 – $58,640
- Hourly: $25.10 – $28.11
North Dakota’s Schools Suffer From a Shortage of SLPs
Educational specialists from the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University published a detailed study in 2014 on the need for special education teachers and related services personnel in the state’s schools. The report noted the explosive growth in the population of North Dakota between 2010 and 2014 which strained the resources of schools.
One hundred speech-language pathologists were among the respondents to their survey on the services most needed in North Dakota’s schools. Both special education teachers and SLPs rated speech-language pathology among the top three need categories for positions needed at the time of the survey and projected over the next five years.
A Promising Field that Offers Job Satisfaction
Two different studies noted the high salaries received by SLPs and their strong degree of job satisfaction. US News & World Report noted the “spike” in the average salary for speech-language pathologists with an increase of 6.9% between 2010 and 2014. The publication also rated the profession as the 19th best type of health care job.
Forbes reported on a survey of job satisfaction by the salary specialty company PayScale.com. This firm queried two million workers about whether they thought their jobs made the world a better place. The results were so positive for speech-language pathology that it ranked the profession among the top 25 meaningful jobs that pay well.
Outpatient clinics are among the sources of employment for SLPs, and some of North Dakota’s private clinics that specialize in speech-language pathology are shown below:
- Bismarck: Scottish Rite Speech Therapy
- Fargo: Anne Carlsen Center
- Fargo: Beyond Boundaries Speech Language Therapy, Inc.
- Fargo: Kids First Therapy
- Fargo: Onword Therapy
- Grand Forks: Quotable Kids Speech & Language Clinic, PLLC
Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists Throughout North Dakota
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of the salaries of North Dakota’s speech-language pathologists by percentile (2015):