What is the starting salary for a speech pathologist?
I am a junior studying biology in the Boston area, and would like to move on to get my masters in speech pathology. What is the starting pay in my area? #speech-pathology #speech #speech-therapy #speech-language-pathology #financial-planning
A background in biology is amazing to have as a speech language pathologist. Are you interested in working a cancer center? a nursing home? a school? The pay of a speech language pathologist differs based on setting. A pay of a speech language pathologist further differs based on their status: contract, travel, per diem, full time, temporary to permanent. There is not a magic number that you can nor should depend on. Depending on funding of a facility, you can have two hospitals within the same district actually have different pay scales. You may want to use the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics average as a starting point and add as needed during your interview negotiations to be comfortable with your housing.
The average is around $74000 a year in Boston.