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Slater is a city in Saline County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,856 at the 2010 census.
Slater was laid out in 1889. A post office called Slater has been in operation since 1878. The community has the name of John F. Slater, a railroad official.
Slater is located at 39°13′18″N 93°3′45″W (39.221658, -93.062529). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.44 square miles (3.73 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,856 people, 785 households, and 469 families living in the city. The population density was 1,288.9 inhabitants per square mile (497.6/km2). There were 1,003 housing units at an average density of 696.5 per square mile (268.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 6.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.