The average starting salary for a speech and language pathologist is less than $75,000 for 50 percent of the people who perform the job with that title, as of 2015. The median salary is $74,783, based on data reported in November 2015.
Speech pathologists plan, direct and conduct treatment programs to help restore the communicative efficiency of individuals with organic or nonorganic etiology. The job requires that individuals obtain a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, along with a certificate of clinical competence. Some states also require specific licensing before allowing individuals to practice as speech pathologists. Individuals in the field also engage in the scientific study of human communication.