Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Tennessee

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides annual salaries and hourly wages for speech-language pathologists in the major cities and rural areas of Tennessee as of 2015:

Area name
Annual mean wage
Chattanooga TN-GA
Clarksville TN-KY
Cleveland TN
Jackson TN
Johnson City TN
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
Knoxville TN
Memphis TN-MS-AR
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

Strong Job Growth for SLPs in Tennessee

The predicted rate of increase in the number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in Tennessee for the period between 2014 and 2024 exceeds the national rate by nearly 20% according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This agency estimates Tennessee’s increase to be 25.1% over this time frame.


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This rate should open up an average of 95 jobs a year for SLPs in the state. Nearly two-thirds of these positions should come from growth in the field with the remaining ones coming from the need to replace practitioners who will leave the profession.

SLPs are found working in Tennessee’s many school districts, including:

  • Arlington Municipal School District
  • Bartlett Municipal School District
  • Collierville Municipal School District
  • Germantown Municipal School District
  • Lakeland Municipal School District
  • Millington Municipal School District
  • Johnson County Schools
  • Maury County Public Schools
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
  • Knox County School District
  • offers a number of outpatient clinics that employ speech-language pathologists:


Tennessee is also home to many private clinics specializing in speech-language pathology:

  • Chattanooga: The Speech and Hearing Center – Hearing Aids
  • Clarksville: More Than Words…Therapy Services
  • Cleveland: Speech & Hearing Center
  • Columbia: The Speech, Language & Learning Center
  • Fayetteville: Patrick Rehab-Wellness Center
  • Franklin: Jones Therapy Services, LLC
  • Franklin: PipSqueak Speech Therapy
  • Jackson: West Tennessee Hearing & Speech Center
  • Hixson: Speech Language Reading Center
  • Knoxville: Clearly Speaking Speech Path
  • Knoxville: Deborah L Curlee Communication Consultants
  • Lawrenceburg: Speech Language & Learning Center: Terri M Philpot
  • Maryville: Speech Pathology Services of Eastern Tennessee
  • Juliet: Lyttle Fox Therapy
  • Juliet: Nicole R. Fox, MS
  • Murfreesboro: Bright Beginnings Pediatric Therapy Center, Inc.
  • Murfreesboro: Jones Therapy Services
  • Nashville: Jones Therapy Services, LLC
  • Nashville: Speech/Language Services
  • Nolensville: Jennifer McVey Pediatric Speech Therapy
  • Oneida: Let’s Talk Speech Therapy, LLC
  • Spring Hill: Speech Language & Learning Center

Salaries for Speech-Language Pathologists in Tennessee

Experienced speech-language pathologists in Tennessee earned an average of $81,691 ($39.25 hourly) as of 2015 according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The median salary among SLPs was $66,465 ($32.05 hourly) that year.

However, recent labor market data indicates that employers are offering significantly higher salaries. The Department analyzed the wage data for nine SLP jobs advertised online in August 2016 that posted a salary and found the values to be much higher:

  • Experienced: $110,000 ($52.88 hourly)
  • Median: $83,720 ($40.25 hourly)

This agency delineated the 10 cities in Tennessee with the highest median salary as of 2015. While the values are very close or identical to those provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, they are from the state of Tennessee rather than the federal government:

  • Cleveland—$84,542
  • Johnson City—$79,560
  • Chattanooga—$69,784
  • Memphis—$69,402
  • Jackson—$67,265
  • Clarksville—$66,490
  • Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro—$63,696
  • Knoxville—$60,851
  • Kinsgport-Bristol-Bristol—$58,191
  • Morristown—$57,638

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