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Job titles in this occupation vary and some examples are speech therapist, speech pathologist and speech & language therapist.
There is a shortage of speech language therapists in New Zealand and this occupation is currently on New Zealand’s long term skills shortage list.
Most speech therapists work for District Health Boards or the Ministry of Education.
Speech therapists typically earn between $45,000 and $70,000 depending on their area of expertise, location and experience.
For comparison, the average weekly full-time earnings in New Zealand including overtime for the quarter ending 31 September 2012 was $1,043 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual salary of around $54,000.
Speech Therapist / Pathologist Salaries / Wages in 2012-2013
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Part-time Speech Therapist||25 – 30 per hour||Auckland|
|Speech Therapist||55,000 – 70,000||Auckland|
|Junior Speech Therapist||50,000||Auckland|
|Speech Therapist||27 per hour||Auckland|
|Speech Therapist||60,000 – 70,000||Wellington|
|Senior Speech Therapist||80,000||Christchurch|
|Speech Language Therapist||26 – 31 per hour||Christchurch|
There are three speech-language therapy training programmes currently available in New Zealand which have been approved by the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA). Two of these are four year undergraduate degrees at Massey University and the University of Canterbury, and the third is a two year post-graduate degree at the University of Auckland.
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