Audiologist Salary

Audiologists employed in the United States typically earn annual salaries in the range from $49,153 to $91,880 including bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions according to the salary information provided by Payscale.

Audiologists’ basic yearly pay is generally in the range between $47,753 and $82,486, and bonuses can amount to up to $10,179 a year. Contributions from profit sharing can go up to $11,960 annually, and earnings from commissions can amount to up to $29,799 a year.



The best paid 10% of audiologists earn $85,480 a year or more, and the 10% on the lower end of the scale are paid $61,036 annually or less according to the salary information provided by Salary.com.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals slightly different figures. According to the BLS salary statistics, 10% of audiology doctors earn $43,820 a year or less, while the top 10% earn $101,130 or more annually.

Average salary

The average annual salary for doctors of audiology employed in the United States is $72,108 according to Salary.com, $67,137 according to CareerCast.com, and $66,103 according to Payscale. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a mean annual wage of $72,890, and a median yearly salary for $69,720 for this occupation.

The top paying industries for this profession, as reported by the BLS, are outpatient care centers, where the average yearly salary for audiologists is $81,960, followed by professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers, who pay audiology specialists around $80,930 annually, and specialty hospitals (excluding psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals), where audiologists earn $78,820 a year on average. Audiology doctors working in navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing have an average annual pay of $78,100, while those working in offices of other health practitioners earn $74,940 a year on average.


Audiologists working in physicians’ offices earn around $71,380 a year, those employed at health and personal care stores are paid around $65,270 annually, and professionals working at general medical and surgical hospitals have an average yearly salary of $74,480. Audiologists employed by elementary and secondary schools earn $67,280 a year on average according to the salary data provided by the BLS.

Starting salary

The starting salaries for audiologists in their first year on the job typically range from $39,453 to $60,267 a year according to the salary data provided by Payscale.

Salary range

Audiologists’ annual salaries depend on a wide range of factors, including professional experience. Doctors of audiology with 1 to 4 years of experience typically earn between $46,338 and $73,730 a year, and those with 5 to 9 years of experience generally make between $48,362 and $80,285 annually. Professionals with 10 to 19 years of experience are usually paid between $51,210 and $92,917 a year, and those with 20 or more years of experience report an annual pay in the range from $40,645 to $89,963 according to Payscale’s data.



Professionals with the Licensed Audiologist certification earn annual salaries in the range from $48,466 to $82,225, while those with the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) generally have a yearly income in the range from $47,999 to $80,733 according to Payscale.

Men generally have better salaries than women: men report earnings in the range from $52,456 to $93,701 a year, while women are typically paid between $47,723 and $81,138 a year.

Area of specialty is another significant factor in determining an audiologist’s salary. Professionals specializing in pediatrics typically earn between $42,574 and $81,751 annually, and those specializing in geriatrics usually report salaries in the range from $56,005 to $71,241 a year.

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Audiology doctors’ yearly salaries also depend on the type of employer. Audiologists working for private practices or firms generally report salaries in the range from $44,585 to $77,663 a year, those working at hospitals typically make between $49,641 and $82,892 annually, and professionals employed by companies are usually paid between $48,093 and $88,084 a year.

Audiology specialists working for non-profit organizations make between $47,910 and $74,041 a year, and those employed by the federal government generally report an annual pay in the range from $55,000 to $104,236. Audiologists employed by universities and colleges typically earn between $55,349 and $80,603 a year, and those working for schools or school districts are paid between $38,320 and $63,077 annually. Audiology doctors working for other organizations usually have salaries in the range from $40,000 to $73,469 a year according to the salary data provided by Payscale.

Salary by state

Audiologists’ yearly earnings depend on location among other factors, and tend to vary from state to state. Audiology doctors employed in California generally earn between $52,402 and $91,500 a year, those based in New York report salaries in the range from $40,000 to $85,000 a year, and professionals working in Illinois are typically paid between $48,479 and $87,176 annually. Audiologists working in Texas make between $49,548 and $89,195 a year, and those employed in Florida earn between $50,167 and $79,227 annually. Professionals working in Virginia are generally paid between $58,303 and $76,500 a year, and those based in Pennsylvania earn an annual income in the range from $40,268 to $94,363 according to Payscale’s salary figures.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that the top paying states for audiologists are New York, where these professionals earn $97,950 a year on average, followed by Hawaii, where the average yearly salary for this occupation is $96,720, and Washington, where audiologists earn around $94,040 annually. Audiologists based in Kentucky earn $88,490 a year on average, and those employed in Delaware have an average annual salary of $88,120.

Audiologists working in Colorado are paid $84,310 annually on average, those employed in New Mexico earn a median yearly salary of $79,980, and professionals in Wyoming make $67,970 a year on average. Audiology specialists based in West Virginia are paid around $60,060 a year, those living in Montana earn $67,260 a year on average, and professionals employed in California have an average yearly income of $75,640. Audiologists in Texas are paid around $68,750 a year, those based in Illinois earn about $77,150 annually, and professionals working in Florida earn an average annual pay of $71,760 according to the BLS.

Salary by city

Audiologists’ annual pay can also vary from city to city. For example, audiology specialists working in New York typically earn salaries in the range from $50,000 to $75,000 a year, those based in Chicago are paid between $50,000 and $70,000 annually, and professionals employed in Los Angeles generally make between $67,271 and $81,313 a year according to Payscale’s salary statistics.

Hourly wage

The hourly wage for audiologists varies depending on a number of factors, including years of professional experience. Audiologists with 1 to 4 years of experience typically earn between $21.46 and $49.75 per hour, and those with 5 to 9 years of experience are generally paid between $20.88 and $40.55 per hour. Professionals with 10 to 19 years of experience make between $26.96 and $53.50 per hour, and those with 20 or more years of experience typically earn an hourly wage in the range from $20.41 to $52.37 according to Payscale’s salary data.

The hourly rate for this occupation also varies from state to state. Audiologists working in California typically make between $21.45 and $55.79 per hour, those employed in Texas are paid between $24.57 and $33.02 per hour, and professionals based in New York earn between $24.26 and $44.22 per hour. Audiologists working in Illinois make between $30 and $35 per hour, and those based in Ohio report an hourly wage in the range from $24.63 to $47.50 according to Payscale’s salary statistics.

Audiologists who make less than 500k in yearly sales typically earn between $24.96 and $40 per hour. Professionals specializing in pediatrics generally report earning between $23.34 and $48.48 per hour. Those with the degree of Doctor of Audiology earn between $22.65 and $47.93 per hour, while professionals with a Master of Arts (MA) in Speech Pathology and Audiology make between $33 and $62.50 per hour . Audiologist working in the health care sector make between $27.34 and $65.93 per hour, while those working in the wholesale hearing aids industry are typically paid between $19 and $53.50 per hour according to the salary data provided by Payscale.

Professionals with the certification of Licensed Audiologists earn between $21.16 and $48.12 per hour, those with the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) make between $20.71 and $50.10 per hour, and audiologists with the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) are generally paid between $20.71 and $41.08 per hour according to Payscale.

In terms of employer type, audiologists working for private practices and firms make between $20.71 and $47.49 per hour, and those employed by hospitals make between $28.34 and $50.44 per hour. Professionals employed by companies are typically paid between $26 and $29.77 per hour, and those working for non-profit organizations generally earn an hourly wage in the range from $28.63 to $34.59 according to Payscale’s salary data.

In terms of hospital setting, audiology doctors employed at general hospitals typically earn between $28.42 and $45 per hour, while those working at physicians’ offices and private practices generally make between $21.30 and $42.50 per hour.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a mean hourly rate of $35.04 and a median wage of $33.52 per hour for audiologists employed in the United States. The 10% with the lowest annual income earn $21.07 or less per hour, while the 10% of the best paid audiologists earn $48.62 or more per hour.

In terms of industry, audiologists working at offices of physicians earn $34.32 per hour on average, those employed at offices of other health practitioners make around $36.03 per hour, and professionals working at health and personal care stores have a median hourly wage of $31.38. Audiologists working at general medical and surgical hospitals are paid about $35.81 per hour and those employed by elementary and secondary schools earn around $32.35 per hour. Professionals working in specialty hospitals (except psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals) earn an average hourly wage of $37.89, while those employed at outpatient care centers make about $39.41 per hour. Audiologists employed by professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers earn around $38.91 per hour, and those working in navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing earn an average hourly wage of $37.55 according to the salary information provided by the BLS.

Audiologists’ average hourly wage also varies depending on location. Professionals employed in California earn around $36.36 per hour, those based in New York make $47.09 per hour on average, and audiologists working in Texas make $33.05 per hour. Audiology specialists employed in Illinois earn around $37.09 per hour, those based in Florida have an average hourly wage of $34.50, and professionals working in New Mexico earn about $38.45 per hour. Audiologists in Wyoming earn $32.68 per hour on average, those working in Colorado make around $40.53 per hour, and professionals based in West Virginia report a mean hourly wage of $28.88. Audiologists employed in Montana earn about $32.34 per hour, those working in Washington are paid around $45.21 per hour, and professionals employed in Delaware earn around $42.37 per hour. Audiologists working in Hawaii have an average hourly rate of $46.50, and those based in Kentucky earn $42.55 per hour on average according to the BLS salary data.

Benefits

Audiologists’ benefits packages can sometimes reflect their annual salaries. Professionals who get 401(k) plans generally earn between $48,050 and $83,995 a year, those who get paid holidays and vacations earn between $48,469 and $84,340 a year, and audiology doctors who get paid sick leave typically have salaries in the range from $48,707 to $85,566 a year.

Audiologists who have malpractice and liability insurance as part of their benefits package generally make between $48,855 and $81,570 annually, and those who get life and disability insurance are usually paid between $49,220 and $84,195 a year. Professionals who get 403(b) plans typically earn between $49,886 and $89,800 annually, and those who get reimbursement for professional training, education, tuition or certification have yearly salaries in the range from $48,650 to $83,229 according to Payscale’s income figures.

The most popular benefits among audiologists are 401(k) plans, paid vacation, and malpractice and liability insurance.

Other income factors

Audiologists’ salaries can also vary from industry to industry. Professionals working in the health care sector generally report an annual income in the range from $49,728 to $81,545, those working at medical offices typically make between $49,132 and $81,793 annually, and audiologists employed in the wholesale hearing aids industry are usually paid between $44,138 and $76,283 a year. Audiology doctors employed at hospitals are paid between $48,883 and $102,775 a year, and those working at physicians’ offices typically earn between $57,496 and $70,759 annually. Professionals working for school districts report yearly salaries in the range from $45,000 to $65,217, and those working at health clinics are generally paid between $56,600 and $73,314 a year according to the salary figures provided by Payscale.

Audiologist salaries also vary depending on hospital setting. Audiology doctors working at physicians’ offices and private practices typically report earnings in the range from $48,479 to $79,532 a year, those employed at general hospitals usually make between $49,347 and $86,045 annually, and professionals working in ambulatory care or surgery centers earn an annual pay in the range from $50,335 to $99,329 according to Payscale.

Academic degree is another factor that can affect an audiologist’s salary. Professionals with a doctorate (PhD) generally report salaries in the range from $46,974 to $86,862 a year, those with the title of Doctor of Audiology (AuD) typically earn between $48,749 and $83,099 annually, and audiologists with a Master of Arts (MA) in Audiology are usually paid between $50,971 and $67,341 a year. Audiologists with a Master of Science in Audiology generally earn an income in the range from $50,325 to $76,960 a year, and professionals with the degree of Doctor of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Audiology, are typically paid between $60,000 and $82,500 a year according to Payscale’s income statistics.