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Speech Therapy Schools

As a professor or instructor of speech therapy classes at one of the 308 accredited speech therapy schools in the country, you play a crucial role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in speech therapy academia which includes speech therapy training at the following levels:

  • Speech Therapy Certificate
  • Associates degree in Speech Therapy
  • Bachelors degree in Speech Therapy
  • Masters degree in Speech Therapy
  • PhD degree in Speech Therapy


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Speech therapy professionals

295,930 306,500 310,190 313,930 322,680
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 322,680 speech therapy professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 9%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Speech therapy professionals

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Speech therapy professionals in the US earned a median salary of $48,383 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for speech therapy professionals in the US was 3% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Speech Therapy

$42,317 $46,380 $47,660 $48,797 $48,383
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Speech therapy professionals' salaries have seen a 14% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Speech Therapy Student enrollment growth by degree

146 159 162 204 213
6,206 6,746 7,337 7,525 7,987
993 1,221 1,387 1,468 1,490
5,455 5,628 5,836 6,005 6,196
79 95 104 102 130
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Speech Therapy
  • Grey: Certificate in Speech Therapy

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for speech therapy professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 12,879 students graduated from speech therapy degree programs in the US. In 2010, 16,016 students graduated from speech therapy schools.

This represents a 24% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from speech therapy courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Speech Therapy Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering speech therapy programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 307 speech therapy schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 308 schools.

Speech Therapy Faculty Salaries

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