Speech Therapy Salaries in Washington - WA
During 2009, a research study determined that the demand for speech therapists in Washington would increase by 19% or more between 2008 and 2018. At that time, there were about 1,980 speech therapists throughout the entire state. This study projects that another 380 speech therapists will likely be needed to fill the growing demand. However, in order to understand why the need is so great for professionals in this field, it is important to understand the driving forces that create this demand.
One of these factors is the consistently growing rate of premature births. Recent studies have found that roughly 30% of all children who are born prematurely develop some type of speech impairment before they reach 2 years of age. In Washington, about 9,440 babies are born prematurely every year. If just 30% of these children developed speech delays, that would be approximately 2,800 children seeking the services of a speech language pathologist every year; so you can see why the current workforce is considered suboptimal.
Geographic location also impacts salary for speech therapists. Below are some of the averages throughout Washington:
- Seattle: $65,720
- Tacoma: $65,720
- Spokane: $65,320
- Bellevue: $65,830
- Bellingham: $62,640
- Mount Vernon: $65,660
- Wenatchee: $67,270
- Yakima: $62,860
Annual salary figures provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics