Speech-Language Pathology Salary in South Carolina

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston-North Charleston SC
240
70530
Columbia SC
280
62300
Florence SC
90
81200
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin SC
260
74030
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort SC
70
51480
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC-NC
150
80420
Spartanburg SC
120
73030
Sumter SC
60
56750
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
40
65960
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
76680
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
30
71980
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
50
58700

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.

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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:

Greenville:

  • Annual: $87,727 – $97,631
  • Hourly: $42.18 – $46.94

Pee Dee:

  • Annual: $79,959 – $95,408
  • Hourly: $38.44 – $45.87

Waccamaw:

  • Annual: $75,938 – $86,427
  • Hourly: $36.51 – $41.55

Trident:

  • Annual: $72,905 – $91,842
  • Hourly: $35.06- $39.35

Upstate:

  • Annual: $72,474 – $84,534
  • Hourly: $35.32 – $40.54

Upper Savannah:

  • Annual: $61,329 – $76,572
  • Hourly: $29.48 – $36.81

Midlands:

  • Annual: $59,590 – $72,196
  • Hourly: $28.65 – $34.71

Worklink:

  • Annual: $58,603 – $64,263
  • Hourly: $28.17 – $30.90

Catawha:

  • Annual: $57,826 – $79,469
  • Hourly: $27.80 – $38.20

Lower Savannah:

  • Annual: $54,681 – $63,086
  • Hourly: $26.38 – $30.33

Santee-Lynches:

  • Annual: $54,028 – $63,431
  • Hourly: $25.98 – $30.50

Lowcountry:

  • Annual: $51,606 – $63,230
  • Hourly: $24.81 – $30.40

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