Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
SOC: 31-9099.01


Assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implement speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
102,700 employed

Projected (2024):
114,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Anatomic Pathology Assistant
  • Assistant Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Certified Pathology Assistant
  • Communication Assistant
  • Hearing and Speech Assistant
  • Language Assistant
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Speech - Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
  • Speech and Language Assistant
  • Speech and Language Tutor
  • Speech Assistant
  • Speech Correction Assistant
  • Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant
  • Speech Pathologist Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Speech Therapist
  • Speech Therapist Technician
  • Speech Therapy Assistant
  • Speech-Language Assistant
  • Speech-language Pathology Assistant

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of client screenings or assessments of language, voice, fluency, articulation, or hearing.
  • Implement treatment plans or protocols as directed by speech-language pathologists.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the remediation or development of speech and language skills.
  • Collect and compile data to document clients' performance or assess program quality.
  • Document clients' progress toward meeting established treatment objectives.
  • Test or maintain equipment to ensure correct performance.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of speech-language research projects.
  • Conduct in-service training sessions, or family and community education programs.
  • Perform support duties such as preparing materials, keeping records, maintaining supplies, and scheduling activities.
  • Prepare charts, graphs, or other visual displays to communicate clients' performance information.
  • Select or prepare speech-language instructional materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Airflow measurement devices
  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Circumaural headphones
  • Closed circuit television CCTV surveillance systems
  • Communications boards
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Compact stereo systems
  • Computer inkjet printers
  • Copy machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic stroboscopes
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital audiometers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video stroboscopy systems
  • Dynamic display devices
  • Electroglottographs EGG
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Handheld digital camcorders
  • Infrared switches
  • Jellybean switches
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Reading pens
  • Recording microphones
  • Sound booths
  • Sound switches
  • Speech synthesizers
  • Speech therapy mirrors
  • Subglottal air pressure measurement devices
  • Touch switches
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Biofeedback software
  • Bungalow Software Aphasia Tutor Software
  • ELR Software eLr Extra Language Resources
  • Email software
  • KayPENTAX Multi-Speech
  • Language analysis software
  • Learning Fundamentals Speech Visualization
  • Micro Video Video Voice Speech Training System
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Propeller Multimedia React2
  • Signal analysis software
  • Speech analysis software
  • Text to speech software
  • Web browser software

  • healthcare support

    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520