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Speech Therapy in Illinois

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Schools Offering Speech Therapy Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.2% of Illinois students graduate with degrees in speech therapy. Thus, Illinois' 14 speech therapy schools put out approximately 865 speech therapists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Illinois that has a speech therapy program is Northwestern University. Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th in the country in 2010, is located in Evanston. In 2010, 96 students graduated from Northwestern University's speech therapy program. Northwestern University charged in-state students $40,223 in tuition fees per year.

Elmhurst College, which is located in Elmhurst, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a speech therapy program. It received a ranking of 35th in the country in 2010. 26 students graduated with degree in speech therapy from Elmhurst College in 2010. Students at Elmhurst College paid $28,660 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in Illinois with a speech therapy program is Saint Xavier University, which is located in Chicago. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. In 2010, 48 students graduated from Saint Xavier University speech therapy program. Tuition at Saint Xavier University was $25,520 per year.


Tuition at Illinois' speech therapy schools ranges from $40,223 per year to $4,128 per year. But, the average tuition is $14,711 per year. The Illinois speech therapy schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. Augustana College - located in Rock Island, students are charged $32,235 per year
  3. Elmhurst College - located in Elmhurst, students are charged $28,660 per year

The following Illinois speech therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. College of DuPage - located in Glen Ellyn, students are charged $4,128 per year
  2. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - located in Edwardsville, students are charged $8,401 per year
  3. Eastern Illinois University - located in Charleston, students are charged $9,987 per year

A speech therapy degree from an Illinois school... what next?

Most people who graduate from speech therapy school in Illinois go on to work as a speech therapist. If you decide to work as a speech therapist in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,720 Illinois speech therapists as of 2010. In Illinois, the largest numbers of speech therapists work in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,300 speech therapists
  2. Lake County - 110 speech therapists
  3. Boone County - 80 speech therapists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 3,620 speech therapists will be working in Illinois state. This would require the number of speech therapists to grow by 11%.


A speech therapist in Illinois makes an average of $48,780 per year. A speech therapist in the following Illinois counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Boone County - $66,760 per year
  2. Lake County - $61,460 per year
  3. McLean County - $50,340 per year

The following counties in Illinois have the lowest average salaries for speech therapists:

  1. Cook County - $46,840 per year
  2. McLean County - $50,340 per year
  3. Lake County - $61,460 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in speech therapy and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as speech therapy or allied health.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Speech Therapy in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Speech Therapy in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Speech Therapy in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Speech Therapy in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Speech-Language Pathologists 6,990 $68,050 38.1%

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