Speech-Language Pathology Salary in Washington

As of 2016, the median salary among speech-language pathologists in Washington State was $73,944 ($35.55) according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Those whose salaries fell within the top 25% earned an average of $87,589 ($42.11 hourly) that year.

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In comparing earnings from around the state, the Seattle area emerged as the top paying location for SLPs in 2016 (ranges shown are median-75th percentile):

Bellingham:

  • Annual: $73,299 – $85,946
  • Hourly: $35.24 – $41.32

Bremerton-Silverdale:

  • Annual: $72,530 – $79,664
  • Hourly: $34.87 – $38.30

Kennewick-Richland:

  • Annual: $65,749 – $81,370
  • Hourly: $31.61 – $39.12

Longview:

  • Annual: $70,158 – $80,974
  • Hourly: $33.73 – $38.93

Mt. Vernon-Anancortes:

  • Annual: $65,042 – $74,901
  • Hourly: $31.27 – $36.01

Olympia-Tumwater:

  • Annual: $71,281 – $79,664
  • Hourly: $34.27 – $38.30

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett:

  • Annual: $77,771 – $94,307
  • Hourly: $37.39 – $45.34

Spokane-Spokane Valley:

  • Annual: $66,061 – $76,024
  • Hourly: $31.76 – $36.55

Tacoma-Lakewood:

  • Annual: $72,134 – $80,101
  • Hourly: $34.68 – $38.51

Walla Walla:

  • Annual: $78,354 – $89,835
  • Hourly: $37.67 – $43.19

Yakima:

  • Annual: $74,256 – $82,139
  • Hourly: $35.70 – $39.49

A Growing Field in Which More Than 8,500 Businesses Employ SLPs

The number of jobs for speech-language pathologists in Washington should increase by 12.2% between 2014 and 2019 according to the state’s Employment Security Department. This level of growth should result in an average of 144 jobs a year becoming available during this time.

The US Department of Labor in partnership with Infogroup® provides detailed information on the organizations that employ speech-language pathologists in Washington State. They identified a total of 8,514 facilities that employ SLPs in a variety of industries. The major types of employers are shown below:

Schools:

  • Schools: 3,370
  • Religious Schools: 194
  • School Districts: 192
  • Schools with Special Academic Education: 35
  • Montessori Schools: 11
  • Kindergartens: 6

Healthcare Organizations:

  • Physical Therapists: 2,437
  • Home Health Services: 802
  • Speech Pathologists: 309
  • Hospitals: 286
  • Nursing and Convalescent Homes: 235
  • Audiologists: 88
  • Health Care Facilities: 73
  • Medical Centers: 69
  • Adult Care Facilities: 67
  • Occupational Therapists: 64
  • Cancer Treatment Centers: 45
  • Hospices: 43

Salaries for SLPs Throughout Washington as Reported by the US Department of Labor

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

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bellingham WA
90
74480
Bremerton-Silverdale WA
90
71240
Kennewick-Richland WA
90
69360
Longview WA
30
66510
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
40
66570
Olympia-Tumwater WA
120
70460
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
1410
79450
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
1730
77900
Spokane-Spokane Valley WA
190
67150
Tacoma-Lakewood WA Metropolitan Division
320
71020
Yakima WA
60
75070
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area
50
66910
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area
40
74090

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