Speech-language pathologist job satisfaction in school versus medical settings

Nicole L. Kalkhoff, Dana R Collins

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Purpose: The goal of this study was to determine if job satisfaction differs between speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in school settings and SLPs working in medical settings. Method: The Job Satisfaction Survey (JSS) by Spector (1997) was sent via electronic mail to 250 SLPs in each of the 2 settings. Job satisfaction scores were computed from subscale category ratings and were compared between the 2 settings. Subscale category ratings for pay, promotion, supervision, benefits, contingent rewards, operating conditions, coworkers, nature of work, and communication were analyzed for differences between and within settings. Age, caseload size, and years-at-position were analyzed by linear regression to determine whether these factors might predict SLPs' job satisfaction. Results: The survey had a response rate of 19.6% (N = 98 participants). Although SLPs in both settingswere generally satisfied with their jobs, SLPs in medical settings had significantly higher total job satisfaction scores. Respondents from both settings had similar satisfaction ratings for subscale categories, with nature of work receiving the highest rating and operating conditions and promotion the lowest. Results of the linear regression analysis for age, caseload size, and years-at-position were not significant. Conclusion: Further research should evaluate important aspects of job satisfaction in both settings, especially nature of work operating conditions, and promotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-175
Number of pages12
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


  • Job satisfaction
  • Medical settings
  • School
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Survey


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