The average Audiologist Salary in the United States is between $50,347 – $93,169 and hourly data rate of $25.10 – $49.65 according to PayScale. The Canadian, UK and Australia Audiologist are also well paid according to the industry rate.
An audiologist is an expert who treats ear infections, hearing loss and balance that affect children and adult. They teach and help patients with hearing aids and skills that will help them hear well, lip-reading and use of a device that help with hearing.
The educational need to practice differs for countries. A doctorate may be required in the US while a specialized training in addition to a bachelor’s degree is needed in the UK. The job outlook is promising as the field is related to one of the major five sensory organs.
The last American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) audiologist salary data collected is for 2014. The survey is done to give insight into the pay, welfare and work condition of the audiologist in the United States.
Find below is the summary of their findings:
72% worked for an annual salary. The median salary was $69,000 for audiologists who worked 9 or 10 months (academic year) and $75,000 for those who worked 11 or 12 months (calendar year).
Median calendar year salary was:
- $72,000 for clinical service providers, $76,000 for university faculty and clinical educators, and $100,465 for administrators;
- $75,000 for those with a master’s degree, $73,000 with an AuD, and $107,574 with a PhD;
- $65,053 for those with 1–3 years of experience; o $74,000 for women and $84,563 for men;
- $90,050 for those in California; o $72,763 for those in suburban areas;
- $78,439 for private practice owners.
Median academic year salary was:
- $65,000 for clinical service providers and $78,932 for university faculty and clinical educators,
- $63,602 for those with a master’s degree and $66,797 with an AuD,
- $68,103 for women
- $70,448 for those in suburban areas.
The median commission was $20,000.
Source – ASHA.
While the salary range of $50,347 – $93,169 and hourly data rate of $25.10 – $49.65 according to PayScale 2016 data. The data collected changes from year to year. Some factors such as geographical location, employer contract policy, benefits, skills, educational training and reputation can also affect the audiologist salary.
Audiologist Job Description
The audiologist diagnoses hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function. They give advice and instruction to patients on how to improve hearing. The perform routine screenings, such as hearing tests for infants and children.
If a patient needs to undergo surgery, the audiologist advice on how to go about it, they also give hearing aids. They provide information to the patient’s physician on treatment methods and other relevant information.
The train patients with special needs on how to read lips, and give hearing assistant equipment and tools to patients. They sometimes fix broken hearing aids and are skilled with the use of the hearing aids. They have adequate knowledge of the Medicaid services to help patients with billing.
Duties and task of an audiologist involves:
- Deciding on the best way to test a patient’s hearing
- Adapting tests to suit the age and ability of the patient
- Checking hearing, including sound level and frequency range
- Investigating any related medical, physical and emotional symptoms
Audiologist Training and Education
The audiologist is trained to help with issues related to hearing, the training and education differ from country to country. In the United Kingdom you need to have a bachelor in healthcare with a specialization in audiology, then go ahead to complete the three-year NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP).
You must be registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). Training on the job is what is obtainable to get the STP, which leads to which leads to a master’s degree in clinical science (neurosensory sciences).
In the United States, the training and educational requirement are entirely different. A doctoral degree is required before you can practice. And most states in the US issues practice license to an audiologist, besides you need to pass the Praxis exam and get certified with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
The certification is called the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). Find and choose schools with an accredited program that leads to a doctoral degree in audiology.