Audiologist Salary in 2017

Audiologists work in clinics, hospitals, and schools, with varying salary ranges. The lowest audiologist salary is registered in India with Rs409,000 (US$6,375) followed by ZAR238,000 (US$18,274) in South Africa and ₤27,000 (US$35,459) in the United Kingdom. Audiologists earn similar salaries in Australia and New Zealand: AU$71,000 (AU$56,703) and NZ$75,000 (US$56,346).

The highest salaries for audiologists are registered in Canada and the US, where professionals earn C$74,000 (US$59,516) and US$79,290 per year, respectively.

How Much Does an Audiologist Make Per Year?

This chart outlines the median annual and hourly salaries.

Audiologist
Salary
US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly
Wage
$38.12 C$33.17
(US$26.68)
₤12.98
(US$17)
AU$34.13
(US$27.26)
NZ$36.06
(US$27.09)
Rs196.63
(US$3)
ZAR114.42
(US$8.78)
Annual
Wage
$79,290 C$69,000
(US$55,495)
₤27,000
(US$35,459)
AU$71,000
(AU$56,703)
NZ$75,000
(US$56,346)
Rs409,000
(US$6,375)
ZAR238,000
(US$18,274)

Factors That Influence the Audiologist Salary

The factors with the greatest impact on salary are education level, work experience, and geographic region.

1. Geographic Area

The geographic area of employment is the most important factor in establishing the audiologist salary.

Audiologist Salary in the US

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary of audiologists working in the United States is $79,290. Payscale, however, reports the average at $69,000 per year and the starting audiologist salary at $51,061. According to this source, experienced audiologists can take home up to $92,107 per year. Bonuses can add another $20,273, profit sharing – another $15,101, and commission can account for $31,147.

A 2014 study by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association discovered that the salary was, on average, $74,000 for women and $84,563 for the men reviewed in this study.

Highest Employment Levels for Audiologists working in the US

States offering the most audiologist job openings in the US:

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Texas 970 0.08 0.94 $38.04 $79,130
New York 920 0.10 1.16 $39.57 $82,300
California 880 0.05 0.63 $45.56 $94,760
Florida 670 0.08 0.93 $34.67 $72,110
Pennsylvania 580 0.10 1.15 $35.49 $73,820

Metropolitan areas with the most job openings for audiologists in the US:

Metropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 460 0.07 0.79 $43.50 $90,480
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 380 0.15 1.68 $35.54 $73,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 300 0.19 2.14 $41.92 $87,190
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.15 1.76 $37.90 $78,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 1.03 $48.11 $100,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 210 0.06 0.66 $36.27 $75,440
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 170 0.06 0.64 $30.68 $63,820
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 160 0.08 0.94 $35.26 $73,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 150 0.11 1.23 $42.53 $88,470
Columbus, OH 150 0.14 1.65 $33.12 $68,890
Highest Salaries for Audiologists in the US

States offering the highest salaries for audiologists:

State Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
New Mexico (8) (8) (8) $53.92 $112,140
District of Columbia 100 0.14 1.63 $50.60 $105,250
California 880 0.05 0.63 $45.56 $94,760
North Dakota 50 0.11 1.21 $44.83 $93,240
Illinois 410 0.07 0.79 $44.15 $91,830

Metropolitan areas offering the highest salaries for audiologists:

Metropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $62.43 $129,860
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.48 $53.81 $111,930
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.28 3.17 $52.74 $109,700
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 90 0.08 0.92 $52.12 $108,410
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $50.82 $105,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.81 $103,590
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.39 $49.24 $102,430
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.57 $48.77 $101,440
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 230 0.09 1.03 $48.11 $100,070
Greenville, NC (8) (8) (8) $47.69 $99,200

Audiologist Salary in Canada

Payscale reports the mean audiologist salary in Canada at C$74,000 (US$59,516) per year. The starting salary is C$45,615 (US$36,687) per year, while experienced professionals can earn up to C$94,174 (US$75,742) per year. Bonuses can account for up to C$5,120 (US$4,117), profit-sharing – for up to C$10,500 (US$8,444), and commission – for up to C$15,000 (US$12,064) per year as extra income. Neuvoo.ca, on the other hand, reports the average at C$76,759 (US$61,735) per year.

The field is in growing demand with an increase in job postings expected to equal the number of job seekers, according to Employment and Social Development Canada.

Audiologist Salary in the UK

Payscale reports the average audiologist salary at ₤27,000 (US$35,459) per year. A beginner in this field can earn as little as £17,879 (US$23,480) per year, while experienced audiologists can earn salaries of £51,289 (US$67,357) or more. Of this amount, bonuses can account for up to £7,500 (US$9,849).

NCS estimates an audiologist earns between £22,000 (US$28,892) and £41,500 (US$54,501) per year and work an average of 37.5 hours per week. They also mention beginners usually earn up to £28,500 (US$37,429) per year, experienced audiologists earn between £26,250 (US$34,474) and £35,250 (US$46,293) per year, and highly experienced professionals can take home up to £41,500 per year.

Audiologist Salary in Australia

Audiologists working in Australia earn AU$71,000 (AU$56,703) per year on average, according to Payscale. The starting salary is set at AU$51,407 (US$41,055), while highly experienced audiologists can earn up to AU$96,868 (US$77,363) per year. The same source reports commission can add AU$10,000 (US$7,986), profit sharing opportunities – another AU$30,530 (US$24,382), and bonuses – between AU$693 (US$553) and AU$19,727 (US$15,754) per year.

Open.edu.au, on the other hand, reports the audiologist starting salary at AU$68,000 (US$54,307) per year, the average at AU$78,000 (US$62,294), and the senior salary at AU$95,000 (US$75,871) per year. The same source estimates audiologists work 34.8 hours per week in Australia and estimates about 7,800 currently work as audiologists.

Audiologist Salary in New Zealand

Careers.govt.nz reports audiologists working in New Zealand earn between NZ$45,000 (US$33,807) and NZ$110,000 (US$82,640) per year. Therefore, we can estimate the average at NZ$75,000 (US$56,346).

Payscale, on the other hand, reports the audiologist salary in New Zealand at NZ$80,000 (US$60,102) on average. Beginners start off with about NZ$61,582 (US$46,265), while experienced professionals take home up to NZ$107,441 (US$80,718) per year.

Audiologist Salary in India

In India, an audiologist starts off with Rs233,371 (US$3,637) per year and reaches the national average of Rs409,000 (US$6,375) before 10-year mark, according to Payscale. Experienced audiologists working in India can expect salaries of up to Rs1,059,318 (US$16,511) per year, as well as bonuses and commission of up to Rs30,000 (US$467) each.

HigherEducationinIndia reports the starting salary for audiologists at Rs12,000 – Rs15,000 per month, or Rs144,000 – Rs180,000 (US$2,244 – US$2,805) per year for the public sector. Those starting off in the private sector can earn up to Rs240,000 (US$3,740) in their first years.

Salaries for Audiologists in South Africa

According to PayScale, the annual salary range for audiologists employed in South Africa is between ZAR146,807 (US$11,272) and ZAR375,318 (US$28,818) with the mean salary set at R238,000 (US$18,274) per year. Bonuses can add another ZAR17,500 (US$1,343) and commission – up to ZAR30,000 (US$2,303) per year.

2. Experience

An audiologist must complete an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree with common areas of study including anatomy, physics, and communications. However, as a healthcare professional, graduate level education is required to earn a Master’s degree, and in some countries, a doctoral degree in audiology or a Ph.D. is required.

In the US, audiologists need additional training followed by successful completion of a state licensing exam administered by the American Board of Audiology to get to practice. On the other hand, prospective audiologists in Australia must apply for registration with Audiology Australia. They must also complete a one-year paid, supervised internship. It is the responsibility of the individual to fully understand his or her country’s requirements for employment as an audiologist.

The 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association survey mentions audiologists with a master’s degree earn a median salary of $75,000, while those with an AuD take home $73,000, and those with a Ph.D. – $107,000 per year. The same study mentions the median salary for those with up to 3 years of experience at $65,053 and that those in private practice can earn about $78,439 per year.

3. Industry

Audiologists often work in hospitals, physician offices and schools. Salaries can be higher for positions in the private sector, including the opportunity for profit sharing and commissions. Bonuses can be earned in all industries, whether private or public.

The 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association survey found the following median salaries depending on the place of employment:

  • $72,000 per year for those working with clinical service providers;
  • $76,000 per year for university faculty and clinical educators;
  • $100,000 per year for administrator audiologists;

According to BLS, the industries with the highest employment levels for audiologists working in the United States:

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians 3,500 0.14 $36.58 $76,080
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 3,420 0.41 $38.28 $79,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,600 0.03 $39.17 $81,480
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,310 0.12 $39.36 $81,870
Elementary and Secondary Schools 940 0.01 $36.89 $76,720

Industries with the highest salaries for audiologists in the United States:

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Outpatient Care Centers 370 0.04 $46.60 $96,940
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 50 0.01 $42.87 $89,170
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 170 0.06 $39.64 $82,450
Health and Personal Care Stores 1,310 0.12 $39.36 $81,870
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,600 0.03 $39.17 $81,480

Working Hours

Audiologists often work Monday through Friday during typical work hours; however, weekend hours may be required on occasion. While most audiologists work full-time schedules, part-time employment opportunities exist, particularly with schools or as consultants.

A 2014 survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association concluded that audiologists who worked a whole academic year (9-10 months out of 12) earned a median salary of $69,000 per year, while those working a full calendar year earned $75,000.

A career in audiology is viewed as low stress with a positive work-life balance and flexibility; few audiologists go over 40 hours per week, and most average around 35. If working for UK’s NHS, full-time is based on 37.5 hours of work per week. In addition, those employed in this field express high levels of job satisfaction as their work provides the opportunity to help others in need.

Bonuses and Benefit Packages

Bonuses, profit sharing and commissions are common worldwide for audiologists from entry level to senior level, according to PayScale. Also, a full benefits package including medical, life and dental insurance are common in public and private sector organizations in the US.

In addition, high-cost area supplements of between 5% and 20% of the yearly salary are often provided to those working in big cities and surrounding areas.

Job Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 29 percent increase in the demand for audiologists in the US between 2014 and 2024, outpacing the projected growth rates for other professions. This growth is due to an aging population that often experiences hearing loss. Similar data is reported by most reviewed countries, with positive or extremely positive job outlooks.

Conclusion

A career in audiology can provide both financial and intrinsic value by providing steady income and the ability to help others. It is a field that is expected to grow ahead of pace compared to other professions as the world’s population continues to age. The audiologist salary is above average and can provide a comfortable lifestyle in most geographic areas; also, professionals register high job satisfaction levels.

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