Other SLPs’ Pockets

A limited series podcast hosted by Jeanette Benigas, PhD, SLP and Megan Berg, MA, SLP.

This show is inspired by the podcast Other People’s Pockets and seeks to bring transparency around what SLPs are being paid. Salary stagnation continues to be one of the issues plaguing SLP careers and is worsened by companies preying on new grads who are unaware of what to expect or how to negotiate an appropriate wage. This podcast seeks to arm SLPs with the knowledge they need to increase their own pay, thus elevating our field as a whole.

If you want to be on the podcast, please fill out the form below. Participants may use their names or remain anonymous (though your voice will not be masked). You must be willing to answer these questions directly. Note that we are not just looking for people who can answer these questions “correctly,” (e.g., “I make $80 an hour and I negotiated everything perfectly!”) – we are looking for real SLPs who are willing to be honest and open in order to help other SLPs learn. If you feel that your salary is too low, we’d love to talk with you! If you feel that your salary is just right, we’d love to talk with you! If you feel that your salary is too high, well… you probably don’t exist 😉

Compensation: $125 + $125 donation to your former NSSHLA chapter

Applications close: May 2, 2023
Applicants notified: May 6, 2023
Recordings start: May 13, 2023

Recordings will take about an hour.

Questions posed during podcast interview (you must be willing to answer all of these questions openly):

  • What setting are you in?
  • What’s your race/ethnicity?
  • How would you describe your gender?
  • How much do you make? What is your hourly rate? What is your monthly take home?
  • Do you know what other SLPs in your area make? (It’s ok if you don’t).
  • Would you / have you take/n a lower rate to work with a specific population or because there aren’t many opportunities in a particular area?
  • Are you 1099 or W2?
  • How much do you work? (i.e., days/week, hours/day)
  • What is your productivity expectation or caseload?
  • Do you get PTO? Are you required to take it during low census or other situations?
  • Do you have opportunities to make more money with your employer? (e.g., ESY, overtime, holidays, clinical liaison, etc.)
  • Where do you live?
  • How much is… (This helps give context to listeners for cost of living in your area and will require some investigation on your part):
    • How much is Target paying per hour where you live (starting wage)? (if your area doesn’t have a Target, select the most similar retail employer in your area). 
    • How much is a gallon of gas at your nearest gas station?
    • How much is a 2 bedroom house that you would want to buy selling for?
  • Are you happy with your salary?
  • Did you negotiate your salary?
  • What do you think you should be paid?
  • How much did you pay for grad school?
  • What advice do you have for other SLPs when it comes to applying for jobs and negotiating salary?

Apply to be on the show

General location(Required)
Putting “prefer not to say” will likely mean that you’re not invited to be on the podcast. DEI is important to this conversation and it’s vital that we be as upfront about this as we are being upfront about finances.
Would you wish to remain anonymous?(Required)
Totally fine by us! We just want to know.
Are you willing to answer all of the questions listed above directly and openly?(Required)
Open dialogue is the purpose of this podcast.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Apply to sponsor a podcast episode

Cost to sponsor one episode: $250

Deadline to apply: May 2, 2023.

How your payment is used: $125 goes directly to the guest and $125 is donated to the guest’s former NSSHLA chapter to encourage student engagement in this conversation

What sponsorship includes:

  • 30 second audio segment at the beginning of the show (you provide audio file)
  • Logo on podcast website
  • Your company’s name and website linked in show notes