What does a Staff Speech Language Pathologist do?

A speech-language pathologist is a position in the health field and is practiced by a certified clinician. A speech language pathologist usually works in a medical setting or in private practice. They use specialized training in speech pathology to Assess, diagnose and treat language and speech disorders. Through continual speech therapy sessions, a speech-language pathologist can provide techniques and exercises to diminish and improve linguistic challenges.

Advanced education is required to be employed in the position of a speech-language pathologist. A master's degree from an accredited university in speech-language pathology is required. Additionally, many states require professional certification in the area of specialty and state licensing. Individuals who enjoy encouraging and supporting those with challenges and have a positive outlook tend to excel in this position.

  • Prepare engaging exercises and activities to use during speech sessions with patients
  • Provide counseling and consultations for new patients
  • Create goals and objectives for patients to work toward and identify areas of progress and challenges
  • Oversee speech-language pathologist assistants and support their full-scope understanding of how to manage an office
  • Prepare speech pathology equipment and exam room ensuring proper sterilization and safety procedures are followed
  • Review the patient's file prior to their appointment and have a clear understanding of the challenge to be addressed
  • Attend continuing education courses and work to advance personal knowledge and experience within the field
  • Request and organize written authorization from patients involving specific follow up instructions and goals for improvement
  • Depending upon the state, a state-issued license may be required, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) is generally required
  • Proficiency in computer software commonly used for documentation and report preparation
  • Master's degree in speech-language pathology is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge and adherence to HIPAA legislation and other patient privacy laws
  • Experience working with sensitive and personal patient records and information
  • Proficient in troubleshooting common software and hardware challenges in relation to the regular use of speech pathology tools
  • Physical endurance and the ability to work primarily in a standing position
  • A friendly and professional demeanor is required when explaining procedures and processes to patients
  • Accountability and attention to detail is essential when handling and documenting important medical information
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Speech Language Pathologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$83,651 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$61K
Median: $84K
$115K
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Staff Speech Language Pathologist Career Path

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Speech Language Pathologist Supervisor
$80,976/yr
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Kara Dodds and AssociatesKara Dodds and Associates
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Jul 28, 2021

“This was my first job as an SLPA and I learned and grew SO much as an individual and professional.”

Speakeasy Therapy ServicesSpeakeasy Therapy Services
Speech Language Pathologist
Aug 13, 2021

“I didn't get home until 7 and I did not have a good work/life balance.”

Carolina Pediatric TherapyCarolina Pediatric Therapy
Speech Language Pathologist
Nov 23, 2019

“The owners truly want the best for everyone and act with a high level of integrity.”

American Senior CommunitiesAmerican Senior Communities
Speech Language Pathologist
Apr 16, 2021

“Not providing appropriate therapy minutes to residents to decrease expense of having to pay therapist.”

Speech TacticsSpeech Tactics
SLP
May 1, 2021

“Busy clinic...which is great also because of the ability to earn extra pay each quarter.”

Communication ClubhouseCommunication Clubhouse
SLP
May 12, 2020

“It was great to work for an owner that you could trust to look out for your best interests and always demonstrated honesty and transparency.”

Otter.aiOtter.ai
Director of Speech Engineering
Feb 1, 2021

“This is working here really fun and good for my career development.”

OmiliaOmilia
Speech Scientist
Aug 13, 2019

“Something quite important for me: I am able to achieve a very good work/life balance without sacrificing my career goals.”

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