Speech Therapy Salaries in Alaska - AK
Speech language pathologists play a crucial role in patient healthcare in Alaska, particularly by assisting children with developmental speech delays. According to recent studies, about 30% of children born prematurely develop speech delays by 20 months of age. Because about 10.4% of children in Alaska are born prematurely every year, this puts nearly 1,149 children at risk for speech and vocabulary problems. According to the March of Dimes, premature births in Alaska ideally should not go above 7.6%. At 10.4%, there is likely to be a great demand for speech therapists throughout the state.
During 2009, the average speech therapist salary in Alaska was $81,250, which was an average of $39.06 per hour. However, the average is certainly not the stopping point for professionals in this field. In fact, the top 10% of speech therapists in Alaska make an astounding $116,980 per year, with the largest factor affecting salary being experience. In order to get into the highest pay bracket, you will need to have a substantial amount of experience and be able to maintain a reputable, professional image. Some speech therapists do this by becoming a member of the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Average speech language pathologist salaries in Alaska:
- Anchorage: $85,890
- Southwest Alaska: $63,890
Salary figures are courtesy of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics