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Old 09-05-2009, 10:38 PM
 
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Colorado SLP's welcome to chime in here as well, of course!

I am considering SLP as a career and hoped that I could get a certificate to work as an SLPA after I get my Bachelor's, so I can pay off some student loan debt before going to grad school since I am stressing about how that will rack up between now and then as it is.

This is all far away as I'm currently a community college student in Texas, but planning a move to Colorado after finishing my Associate's here, and just trying to do some research.

My problem is, I haven't been able to find out much about average SLPA pay and the job market in general for Colorado. Most of what I can find is for SLP's with Master's degrees which isn't applicable to what I'm planning on doing. I am just not finding salary info or job postings. Maybe I am not looking in the right places? The salary info I saw seemed incorrect, too high and too close to what an SLP would make instead.

(interestingly enough, I AM finding out that SLPA's are in demand and paid well in Texas, the state I want to escape from.. )... ahhhh. Figures.

Any info appreciated. thanks!

PS If you have any comments about the SLP programs at the University of Northern Colorado as well (say, vs. CU Boulder or others) I'm all ears!
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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Have you checked the ASHA website? I am in the same boat myself. I graduate with my bachelor degree in May 2010 and am in dire need of wanting to escape TX!!! I saw an SLPA made 70,000 which indeed seemed high.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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Colorado SLP's welcome to chime in here as well, of course!

I am considering SLP as a career and hoped that I could get a certificate to work as an SLPA after I get my Bachelor's, so I can pay off some student loan debt before going to grad school since I am stressing about how that will rack up between now and then as it is.

This is all far away as I'm currently a community college student in Texas, but planning a move to Colorado after finishing my Associate's here, and just trying to do some research.

My problem is, I haven't been able to find out much about average SLPA pay and the job market in general for Colorado. Most of what I can find is for SLP's with Master's degrees which isn't applicable to what I'm planning on doing. I am just not finding salary info or job postings. Maybe I am not looking in the right places? The salary info I saw seemed incorrect, too high and too close to what an SLP would make instead.

(interestingly enough, I AM finding out that SLPA's are in demand and paid well in Texas, the state I want to escape from.. )... ahhhh. Figures.

Any info appreciated. thanks!

PS If you have any comments about the SLP programs at the University of Northern Colorado as well (say, vs. CU Boulder or others) I'm all ears!
Hi, I live in Colorado and I am also looking for this information. I am planning on going to school for a SLPA certificate in fall, through the NAU online program, and than transferring into the CU Boulder program for the internship opportunity. The woman I emailed at CU replied that SLPA's make about the same as an entry level teacher. I also found a website for Illinois that quoted $22 - $25/hr. for SLPA's in a school or private setting. I imagine hospitals and other facilities would be considerably less, especially entry level. The Occupational Outlook Handbook online for SLP's has interesting info. but not for SLPA's unfortunately. Good luck. Calling CU is probably a good way to go to get this information or emailing them.

Good advice by the other member who responded, go to the ASHA website, type in SLPA in the search box and than The Use of SLPAs in Colorado Schools: Successes and Challenges Information is not very up to date, 2008, but very informative on salary etc.

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Old 07-05-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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Hi, I live in Colorado and I am also looking for this information. I am planning on going to school for a SLPA certificate in fall, through the NAU online program, and than transferring into the CU Boulder program for the internship opportunity. The woman I emailed at CU replied that SLPA's make about the same as an entry level teacher. I also found a website for Illinois that quoted $22 - $25/hr. for SLPA's in a school or private setting. I imagine hospitals and other facilities would be considerably less, especially entry level. The Occupational Outlook Handbook online for SLP's has interesting info. but not for SLPA's unfortunately. Good luck. Calling CU is probably a good way to go to get this information or emailing them.

Good advice by the other member who responded, go to the ASHA website, type in SLPA in the search box and than The Use of SLPAs in Colorado Schools: Successes and Challenges Information is not very up to date, 2008, but very informative on salary etc.
Hello Mstockin,

Do you know if you can work as an SLPA in CO if you get the SLPA from NAU?

I was thinking about doing the same thing. Eventually I would like to earn a masters from CU. However, I am a little concerned about how competitive admissions are.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:08 PM
 
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As I recall, I do believe you can work in CO as an SLPA if you received your training from NAU, once you pass the exam here. Yes, the CU masters program is competitive. But certainly worth a try, as I think this a great field to get into and the CU program I hear is excellent. I have changed directions and am now focusing my attention on the grad program at CSU for OT. So, I am unsure about the SLPA licensing process. Best of wishes to you on your career development journey.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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As I recall, I do believe you can work in CO as an SLPA if you received your training from NAU, once you pass the exam here. Yes, the CU masters program is competitive. But certainly worth a try, as I think this a great field to get into and the CU program I hear is excellent. I have changed directions and am now focusing my attention on the grad program at CSU for OT. So, I am unsure about the SLPA licensing process. Best of wishes to you on your career development journey.

Thank you for the information. Good luck in your career.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Default Bureau of Labor Statistics

BLS reports that in general SLPAs earn 50-60% of what an SLP earns and they have stats that report SLP earnings by state, so in general sense that provides clarity.
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