Stephen F. Austin State University

Graduate Degree Program

Graduate Degree Program

Career Potential

The employment outlook for speech-language pathologists continues to be excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts a 10 percent increase in the number of available jobs between 2006 and 2016. Speech-language pathology majors may choose from a large number of available positions in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation settings and private practices with an annual starting salary of $50,000 to $82,000 after being awarded the M.S. degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, the national average salary is $55, 000 in a school setting and $70,000 in a medical setting.

In the 2008 survey of employers of our alumni, our graduates receive high praise. A majority responded that our graduates exceeded their expectations in clinical preparation. A majority also indicated that our graduates came to them with skills in some areas higher than graduates from other programs.