Speech-Language Pathologists


Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Elementary And Secondary Schools
  2. Hospitals
  3. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 1,750 23.72 14.87 28.15 49,340 30,920 58,550
Joplin MSA 60 23.30 12.48 28.70 48,460 25,960 59,700
Columbia MSA 80 22.90 18.10 25.30 47,640 37,650 52,630
Springfield MSA 130 20.41 15.60 22.82 42,450 32,450 47,460
St Louis MSA 770 22.67 15.38 26.31 47,150 32,000 54,730
Kansas City* 400 21.08 15.17 24.03 43,841 31,553 49,985
Central Region* 210 39.73 16.96 51.12 82,647 35,268 106,337
Northeast Region* 60 22.58 14.80 26.47 46,970 30,793 55,058
Northwest Region* 50 19.12 12.70 22.33 39,766 26,413 46,442
Ozark Region* 140 20.38 14.99 23.07 42,385 31,169 47,993
South Central Region* 60 17.99 12.35 20.81 37,417 25,680 43,286
Southeast Region* 200 21.24 12.65 25.54 44,183 26,311 53,119
Southwest Region* 80 22.45 13.50 26.93 46,701 28,078 56,012
St. Charles* 60 23.53 16.50 27.04 48,940 34,326 56,247
St. Louis City* 140 21.73 14.76 25.21 45,194 30,702 52,439
St. Louis County* 270 24.09 17.74 27.26 50,103 36,909 56,699
West Central Region* 40 17.33 12.65 19.66 36,037 26,309 40,901
Jefferson/Franklin Consortium* 30 17.77 14.39 19.46 36,966 29,929 40,485

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 1,580 2,100 520 32.91 92 Great
Kansas City MSA 610 820 210 34.43 36 Great
St Louis MSA 710 930 220 30.99 40 Good
Central Region* 200 270 70 35.00 13 Great
Northeast Region* 60 80 20 33.33 4 Good
Ozark Region* 130 200 70 53.85 10 Great
South Central Region* 50 70 20 40.00 3 Good
Southeast Region* 160 220 60 37.50 10 Good
Southwest Region* 70 100 30 42.86 5 Good
West Central Region* 40 50 10 25.00 2 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Master's degree in one of the following
Communication Disorders, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other