Speech language pathologists are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, speech language pathologists rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 14% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy speech language pathologists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Medical secretary
2.8
$27k
Clinical nurse specialist
2.8
$73k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$57k
Speech language pathologist
2.7
$82k
Registered nurse
2.7
$66k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$78k
Pharmacist
2.7
$128k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are speech language pathologists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do speech language pathologists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as speech language pathologists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are speech language pathologist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are speech language pathologists making the best use of their abilities?

Are speech language pathologists happy with their salary?