Speech Therapist I (#RH6401)
$33.66-$40.92 Hourly / $5,835.18-$7,092.70 Monthly / $70,022.25-$85,112.48 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, performs diagnostic and therapeutic speech pathology techniques for a variety of disabling conditions; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the pre-licensed class in the Speech Therapist Series. Incumbents are graduates of approved master's degree programs in speech therapy, and are generally working to obtain clinical experience needed for the licensing examinations. Incumbents perform a variety of speech therapy services including assessment, planning, treatment, related documentation and communication. Incumbents work under the immediate supervision of a licensed speech therapist.


  • Performs speech therapy evaluations of patients and interprets findings.
  • Plans and implements therapeutic treatment for patients; establishes appropriate treatment goals; uses equipment properly.
  • Coordinates treatment programs with physicians, nurses, professional and para-professional staff.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares written reports.
  • Attends staff meetings and patient conferences; participates in in-service and staff development classes.


Education: Graduation from an approved college or university with a master’s degree in communicative disorders (speech therapy).

Special Requirement: Within 60 days of hire, must file applications for: 1) a Clinical Fellowship Year from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and 2) the Required Professional Experience to qualify for licensure with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board.


Current principles, methods, techniques, equipment and materials used in speech therapy, possible reactions of and hazards to patients during treatment, and of precautionary and remedial measure; anatomy and physiology related to treatment; psychological and physiological problems of persons with disabling conditions.


Organize and implement speech therapy treatment programs; conduct individual and group treatment programs; interpret and adapt physician’s orders and/or written reports; communicate effectively; work independently; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with patients, families, staff and others; maintain excellent customer relations.


Mobility: Constant keyboard operation; sits, stands, walks, pushes and pulls, bends and squats frequently; runs and climbs stairs occasionally; lifts, positions, pushes, and/or transfers supplies and equipment. Lifting: Lifts up to 30 pounds occasionally; restrains, lifts/turns heavy objects or people occasionally. Visual: Constant use of overall vision, color perception, depth perception, hand/eye coordination; reading and close-up work and peripheral vision. Dexterity: Constant holding, reaching, grasping, and writing. Repetitive motion is required occasionally. Hearing/Talking: Hears and talks in person constantly. Occasionally hears on telephone/radio, faint sounds, and occasionally talks on the telephone. Emotional/Psychological: Occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief, death, and hazard materials. Travels occasionally. Position requires constant public contact, decision making and concentration. Environmental: Occasional exposure to noise, dirt, dust smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold and heat. Other: Occasional exposure to conflict; must be capable of working with physically challenged children and adults.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH6401; EST: 12/31/1996; REV: 8/12/2015;