Employment Outlook

Speech Pathology Assistant

Speech Pathology Assistants help Speech Pathologists diagnose and help treat those with hearing defects as well as communication related problems.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 6,400 people are currently employed as Speech Pathology Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 7,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

26.9% of all Speech Pathology Assistants are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Speech Pathology Assistants is TAS, with only 1.8%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 12.1% of Speech Pathology Assistants being male and 87.9% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Speech Pathology Assistants is 25-34 years old, with 35.3%. A small percentage (1.6%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Speech Pathology Assistants, with 8% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Speech Pathology Assistants work an average of 35 hours a week which is 5.9 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Speech Pathology Assistants have a Bachelor Degree qualification (77.2%) or are at a Post Graduate/ Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate level (22.8%). 100% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Speech Pathology Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Determines the degree of hearing loss or hearing defect via testing
  • Analyses results of hearing tests
  • Provides counselling and further information for those with hearing and speech issues
  • Recommends technological aids to improve speech and hearing
  • Conducts rehabilitation programs and remedial exercises

Professional Associations & Groups



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only. 

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