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New Pact Takes Top Fresno Unified Speech-Language Pathologists to $135K Annually



Fresno Unified wants to add at least 27 speech-language pathologists by mid-2026. (Shutterstock)
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Credentialed speech-language pathologists in Fresno Unified School District are getting raises under a side-letter agreement announced Thursday by the district.

The pilot salary schedule negotiated by the Fresno Teachers Association and the district is retroactive to Feb. 1 of this year, the district said in a news release.

Under the agreement, salaries range from $87,292 at level 1 to $135,000 at level 15. And, if at least 27 speech-language pathologists are hired by Fresno Unified by June 30, 2026, the new salary schedule will become permanent.

Pathologists work with students who have speech, hearing, or language challenges.

“We are pleased to have reached a side letter agreement on an increase for our speech-language pathologists, who are an invaluable support and resource for our students,” said Superintendent Bob Nelson. “In this highly competitive career field, we want to be able to attract and retain the best professionals for our students.”

The district said that interested candidates can apply online at this link.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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