Speech or language therapist

Speech and language therapists are responsible for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, fluency and voice disorders caused by disability, injury or illness.


  • Writes reports and maintains client caseloads.
  • Counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient.
  • Attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists.
  • Treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients or through the use of artificial communication devices.
  • Designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment.
  • Assesses, tests and diagnoses a client.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 8% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for speech or language therapist is £35,100

436 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 436. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for speech or language therapist roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £35,100 per year. That is about £2,925 per month or £18.00 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,992, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,232

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 436 people are employed in the region.

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