The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed analysis of the wages for speech-language pathologists in the major cities of South Carolina as of 2015:
Rapid Job Growth for South Carolina’s Speech-Language Pathologists
The South Carolina Department of Employment estimates that the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists will increase by 19.3% between 2014 and 2024. This rate of job growth is more than 2-fold greater than that for occupations overall in the state. The Department estimates that this level of growth will generate an average of 82 jobs a year for SLPs in South Carolina.
- Emerson College offers an online master’s in speech-language pathology with the same curriculum as its top-ranked* on-campus program. Students are prepared to pursue SLP certification in as few as 20 months. GRE Required.
*U.S. News & World Report, 2018
- NYU Steinhardt's online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech@NYU, offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines research and evidence-based clinical practice in a flexible online format. Speech@NYU prepares students across the country to become creative, collaborative, and effective speech-language pathologists. Students of this program will gain the experience needed to provide care to diverse populations across the life span. GRE Required. Request information.
- Baylor’s SLP master’s program online can be completed full time in 20 months or part time in 25 months. 100 percent of on-campus graduates pass the Praxis and become employed. Bachelor’s and GRE required.
However, the state’s Department of Employment reported that more than 1,000 jobs for speech-language pathologists were advertised online during the month of July, 2016. Greenville offered the largest number of jobs.
While many SLPs work in schools and hospitals, private outpatient clinics offer additional employment opportunities. Some of the state’s many outpatient clinics that use speech-language pathologists include:
- Aiken: Hitchcock Healthcare
- Asheville: Carolina Pediatric Therapy
- Blufton: Lowcountry Therapy Center
- Charlotte: Speech Matters
- Charlotte: TerrificTalkers
- Charlotte: The Brain Trainer
- Goose Creek: aspire
- Greenville: John I Smith Scottish Rite Center
- Greenville: Kidnetics
- Greenville: Therapy360 – Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy
- Lexington: Midlands Therapy Services, LLC
- Mauldin: Upstate Pediatric Speech Therapy Services, Inc.
- Spartanburg: Pediatrics Unlimited Inc.
- West Columbia: Columbia Speaks In-Home Speech Therapy & Clinic
Salaries for SLPs in South Carolina and Its Regions
Speech-language pathologists in South Carolina who were experienced earned an average salary of $79,360 ($38.16 hourly) as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Employment. The median salary among SLPs was $64,830 ($31.17 hourly).
The Department provides a breakdown of the salaries of South Carolina’s speech-language pathologists by Workforce Region. The median salary among SLPs in the Greenville region was the highest in the state. In fact, this figure was more than $22,000 greater than the median salary earned by speech-language pathologists in South Carolina overall:
- Annual: $87,727 – $97,631
- Hourly: $42.18 – $46.94
- Annual: $79,959 – $95,408
- Hourly: $38.44 – $45.87
- Annual: $75,938 – $86,427
- Hourly: $36.51 – $41.55
- Annual: $72,905 – $91,842
- Hourly: $35.06- $39.35
- Annual: $72,474 – $84,534
- Hourly: $35.32 – $40.54
- Annual: $61,329 – $76,572
- Hourly: $29.48 – $36.81
- Annual: $59,590 – $72,196
- Hourly: $28.65 – $34.71
- Annual: $58,603 – $64,263
- Hourly: $28.17 – $30.90
- Annual: $57,826 – $79,469
- Hourly: $27.80 – $38.20
- Annual: $54,681 – $63,086
- Hourly: $26.38 – $30.33
- Annual: $54,028 – $63,431
- Hourly: $25.98 – $30.50
- Annual: $51,606 – $63,230
- Hourly: $24.81 – $30.40