Speech-language pathologists in Ohio in the 75th percentile, typically those with experience, earned an average salary of $88,254 as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Job and Family Services. The median salary among SLPs was $72,154 that year. Hourly wages for these categories ranged from $34.69 to $42.43.
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The nonmetropolitan part of North Northeastern Ohio has an unusually large number of jobs for speech-language pathologists according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This agency reported that this region had the highest number of SLPs of any rural part of the country in 2015.
Speech-Language Pathology Salaries in Ohio’s Major Cities
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides the range of salaries for speech-language pathologists in the major metropolitan areas in Ohio. These figures varied dramatically depending on location. For example, the average salary for SLPs in the 75th percentile differed by as much as $40,852:
- Annual: $62,704 – $103,938
- Hourly: $30.15 – $49.97
- Annual: $76,646 – $97,906
- Hourly: $36.85 – $47.07
- Annual: $77,082 – $93,267
- Hourly: $37.06 – $44.84
- Annual: $77,538 – $91,000
- Hourly: $37.27 – $43.75
- Annual: $75,389 – $90,314
- Hourly: $36.25 – $43.42
- Annual: $77,264 – $89,710
- Hourly: $37.14 – $43.13
- Annual: $74,423 – $86,528
- Hourly: $35.69 – $41.60
- Annual: $67,520 – $85,467
- Hourly: $32.46 – $41.09
- Annual: $69,325 – $84,448
- Hourly: $33.33 – $40.60
- Annual: $71,901 – $82,555
- Hourly: $34.57 – $39.69
- Annual: $58,506 – $75,837
- Hourly: $28.13 – $36.46
- Annual: $57,776 – $75,816
- Hourly: $27.77 – $36.45
- Annual: $60,431 – $74,963
- Hourly: $29.01 – $36.04
- Annual: $50,344 – $71,594
- Hourly: $24.20 – $34.42
- Annual: $55,677 – $63,502
- Hourly: $26.77 – $30.53
- Annual: $56,367 – $63,086
- Hourly: $27.10 – $30.33
An In-Demand Occupation that Promises Job Satisfaction
In 2016, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ranked speech-language pathology as an “in-demand occupation” based on the profession’s good pay and promising future. This agency predicts that the number of jobs for SLPs will increase by 16.5% between 2012 and 2022, opening up an average of 176 jobs a year during this period.
Two prominent publications featured the high pay and strong level of job satisfaction that comes with practicing as a speech-language pathologist. US News & World Report noted the “spike in pay” between 2010 and 2014. The average salary earned by SLPs increased by 6.9% during this period. The publication ranked speech-language pathology as the 19th best type of health care job.
Forbes also featured SLPs as among the 25 most meaningful jobs that pay well. The publication based this analysis on a survey of more than 2 million workers conducted by the salary specialty company PayScale.com. This firm asked workers whether they thought that their work made the world a better place, and speech-language pathologists answered in the affirmative.
While the avenues for the employment of SLPs ranges from schools to skilled nursing-care facilities to private clinics, hospitals are a major source of employment. The US Department of Labor lists a number of large hospitals in Ohio that employ speech-language pathologists, although this should not be construed as a guarantee of employment:
- Akron: Summa St. Thomas Hospital
- Bryan: Community Hospitals & Wellness
- Cambridge: Southeastern Ohio Regional Center
- Cincinnati: Health Alliance
- Cleveland: Metrohealth Hospital
- Cleveland: University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center
- Cleveland: University Hospitals Conneaut
- Columbus: Mt. Carmel East Hospital
- Columbus: Ohio State University Medical Center
- Dayton: Health Centers—Greater Dayton
- Dayton: Kettering Medical Center
- Dayton: Miami Valley Hospital
- Greenville: Wayne Hospital
- Mansfield: Mansfield Hospital
- Middletown: Atrium Medical Center
- Steubenville: Trinity Medical Center West
- Toledo: Mercy Health-St. Vincent Medical
- Twinsburg: Hattie Larlham
- Westerville: Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital
- Youngstown: St. Elizabeth Hospital
Detailed Salary Analysis for Speech-Language Pathologists in Ohio
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the range of salaries earned by speech-language pathologists in both urban and rural parts of Ohio as of 2015: