In the United States, audiologists earn around $75,980 per year. The audiologist salary revolves around C$76,000 (US$59,624) per year in Canada, around £41,500 (US$54,411) in the UK. The median audiologist salary in Australia is somewhere around AU$73,000 (US$55,432), while in New Zealand it is about NZ$60,000 (US$41,442) and NZ$80,000 (US$55,259). The following paragraphs explain the factors that influence audiologists’ salaries and why they are so different from country to country.
How Much Does an Audiologist Make?
In the table below, you can compare audiologist salaries in several English-speaking countries.
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Further, we will explain why there is such a large variation among the audiologist salary around the world. We will highlight the main factors that influence an audiologist’s salary and explain how each one works.
Audiologist Salary Determinant Factors
An audiologist’s salary differs according to the country of practice, experience, and setting. Depending on the country, experience increases pay only for a particular period of time. After a certain point, work history may have less impact on the increased compensation for audiologists.
Audiologists can earn more in a private setting than public setting or as self-employed practitioners. Those in private practice can set their own fees for services and, if in a group practice, may be able to share profit.
1. How Much Does an Audiologist Make by State?
Audiologist Salary in The US
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, audiologists in the United States revolved around US$75,980 per year as of May 2016. The lowest-paid 10% of audiologists earned $50,490 or less, while the highest-paid 10% took home $113,540 or more. Specialists working in state, local, and private hospitals earned about $81,090 per year, while those working in physicians offices earned around $73,200 per year.
Audiologist Salary in Canada
Audiologists in Canada have salaries of CA$76,000 per year, according to PayScale reports. Salaries range between C$49,316 and C$97,933 per year depending on their experience, location, and industry. Bonuses can account for up to C$11,000 per year, commission – for about C$10,500 per year, and profit sharing opportunities – for C$15,000 per year.
Audiologist Salary in the UK
The National Career Service reports that audiologists in the United Kingdom earn between £22.000 and £41.500 per year. Within the NHS, audiologists are assigned to bands determined based on experience. The starting salary for audiologists in the UK (band 6) is between £22,000 and £28,500, band 7 (experienced) professionals can earn up to £41,373, and highly experienced audiologists (bands 8 and 9) can earn up to £99,437 per year.
Audiologist Salary in Australia
According to Payscale, the average salary for audiologists in Australia is AU$73,000.Beginners start off with about AU$53,088 per year but, with experience, can get to earn AU$100,739 per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission can add a few tens of thousands of dollars to the base salary.
Audiologist Salary in New Zealand
The New Zealand Government says typical salaries for audiologists run from NZ$60,000 to NZ$80,000 on average. However, beginners start off with about NZ$45,000 per year and experienced professionals can earn up to NZ$$110,000 per year.
2. How Much Does an Audiologist Make According to Experience?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2014 survey states that audiologists with one to three years of experience had a median salary of $65,053 per year. At 13 to 15 years and at 25 years of experience, the median pay stood at a minimum of $80.000 per year. Those with more than 28 years experience made $86,614 a year.
Entry-level audiologists in Canada start at C$50,000 and can reach just under C$85,000 after ten years. As a rule of thumb, average pay levels out afterward. After 20 years, audiologists can earn up to C$97,933 per year.
In the United Kingdom, as a general rule, “starters” make between £22,000 and £28,500. “Experienced” audiologists earn from £31,000 to and £41,000, while “Highly Experienced” ones make £99,000 per year. Scales, or “Band” levels, in the National Health Service depend on experience.
In Australia, entry-level audiologists are paid around AU$53,000. According to PayScale, salaries rise considerably after 10 years of experience and can reach AU$100,739 or more. In New Zealand, trainees make between NZ$45,000 and NZ$110,000 per year. Salaries thereafter depend normally on the work setting, as discussed below.
3. How Much Does an Audiologist Make According to Work Environment?
In the United States, audiologists in hospitals had a median salary of 79.420 USD, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The median for those in “Offices of other health practitioners” stood at 75.760 USD, while the median in “Offices of physicians” was 74.200 USD. Audiologists in health care and personal care stores held a median pay of 72.020 USD, while those in educational settings received an average salary of 70.690 USD.
In New Zealand, qualified audiologists make between 60.000 CAD and 80.000 CAD per year in public hospitals or schools for hearing-challenged students. In private practices, the pay can run from 70.000 CAD to 100.000 CAD, the most senior audiologists in private practices making between $80,000 and $110,000.
For audiologists working in the UK, The National Career Service states that audiology specialists in private practice tend to earn more than those who work for the National Health Service.
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Generally, audiologists work full time, though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about a third of them work part-time. In the United Kingdom, audiologists generally work 37 to 40 hours per week. The same applies to audiologists working in New Zealand and Australia.
Most audiologists can expect weekday and daytime shifts. Typically, audiologists work in non-emergency settings and in offices which normally do not open at irregular times. Some audiologists may meet evenings and weekends to accommodate particular clients. Working weekends and evenings is more likely for audiologists who work in stores that sell hearing aid equipment.
Bonuses and Benefits
PayScale reports that bonuses for audiologists in the United States range from $1,000 to $20,000 per year. For Canadian audiologists, bonuses can sum up to C$11,000 per year. In Australia, audiologists’ bonuses can add AU$7,000 to audiologists’ annual incomes. Depending on the employer, bonuses may be awarded for performance or accepting jobs in underserved areas.
Benefits in the U.S. and Canada are typically determined by the employers. In Australia and New Zealand, audiologists are entitled to paid vacation days and to be paid on public holidays.
As for pensions, Australia and New Zealand have superannuation schemes, whereby employers contribute amounts for the employees’ retirements. Audiologists in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service can draw pension benefits beginning at age 55 years.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 29 percent increase in audiologist employment through 2024. However, due to the small size of the profession, this increase translates to 3,800 new jobs. According to the Australian Government, job growth through November 2020 should be very strong in percentage terms. However, through November 2019, job openings should number no more than 5,000. As of November 2015, Australia had 9,600 audiologists.
The audiology market in Canada should be “fairly balanced” through 2020, according to Canadian Business. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, the demand for audiologists is usually filled through the graduation of 30 audiology students per year. Job prospects in New Zealand may be better in less urban or populated settings. In these areas, private practices may experience difficulty filling vacancies.
The instances of people with hearing and balance difficulties should sustain the demand for audiologists. For example, in the United Kingdom, almost one out of every six residents had deafness or limited hearing.
Audiologists are paid based on their experience, the type of employer for whom they work and country of practice. In countries such as the UK, which operate universal health care, the government typically sets pay or charges for services. Further, such countries usually have a smaller percentage of private practitioners relative to countries without a universal health care system.
Employment growth rates should remain strong for this medical specialization. Especially as the pool of working audiologists tends to be small compared to other medical or healthcare fields.
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