Audiologists
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Overview
Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or ear problems.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for audiologists are expected to grow by 21%, and should have about 1,000 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Audiologists are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Workforce size
Audiologists, with 14,800 workers, form a smaller workforce than 79% of careers.
Education
About 85% of audiologists have a graduate-level education, and 94% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by audiologists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More audiologists have graduate degrees than 97% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for audiologists is higher than 82% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most audiologists.
This job's median $76KAll jobs' median $39K$78K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 81% of audiologists -- that's a larger percentage than 92% of other jobs.
Gender of audiologists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For audiologists, the median men's salary was 12% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 9% of audiologists are minority, and 6% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of audiologists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (6%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Audiologists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 70% of audiologists, and 45% have company-sponsored health insurance (68% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for audiologists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 94% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of audiologists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (73%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (60%)
  • Consequence of Error (37%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do audiologists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for audiologists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for audiologists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for audiologists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all audiologists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for audiologists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for audiologists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where audiologists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Audiologists (ACS)
Private for-profit (45.9%)
Private not-for-profit (18.5%)
Local government (4.6%)
State government (6.1%)
Federal government (11.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (8.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (5.0%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of audiologists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of audiologists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$76K$79K$76K$80K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for audiologists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Audiologists and gender

With 81% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 92% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
81%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Audiologists
Men (19%)
Women (81%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for audiologists, with the median salary for men 12% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Audiologists have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 65% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of audiologists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority audiologists than for 94% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of audiologists
White (90% )
Black (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
Other (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
9%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
6%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for audiologists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for audiologists by nativity
$73K$74K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by audiologists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), audiologists typically hold a doctoral or professional degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as audiologists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for audiologists.

Education attained by audiologists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for audiologists

The doctoral degree in audiology (Au.D.) is a graduate program that typically takes 4 years to complete. A bachelor’s degree in any field is needed to enter one of these programs.

Graduate coursework includes anatomy, physiology, physics, genetics, normal and abnormal communication development, diagnosis and treatment, pharmacology, and ethics. Programs also include supervised clinical practice. Graduation from a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation is required to get a license in most states.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for audiologists

Audiologists must be licensed in all states. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact your state’s licensing board for audiologists.

Audiologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. They also may be credentialed through the American Board of Audiology. Certification can be earned by graduating from an accredited doctoral program and passing a standardized exam. Certification may be required by some states or employers. Some states may allow certification in place of some education or training requirements needed for licensure.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for audiologists? Below we see the distribution of audiologists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as audiologists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$43K$59K$71K$75K$76K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSome College (2%)Bachelor's Degree (9%)Master's Degree (20%)Professional Deg/Doct (15%)Doctorate (49%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by audiologists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as audiologists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Audiologists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as audiologists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by audiologists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Speech-language pathologistsElementary and middle school teachersAudiologistsPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsSpecial Education TeachersPostsecondary teachersRegistered nursesTherapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsManagers (specialized areas)Lawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersDentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsNurse PractitionersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsSecondary school teachersSecretaries and administrative assistantsEditorsWriters and authorsMarketing and sales managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesCustomer service representativesFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersRetail salespersonsAccountants and auditorsChief executives and legislatorsPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeacher assistantsEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)Communication DisordersSciences and ServicesPsychologyBiologyNursingEnglish Language andLiteratureCommunicationsLiberal ArtsSpecial Needs EducationMultidisciplinary or GeneralScienceGeneral EducationAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for audiologists

What jobs will most audiologists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of audiologists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

AudiologistsPhysicians and surgeonsChildcare workersSpecialized media/broadcast techniciansOffice and administrative support workersMedical assistantsPostsecondary teachersRegistered nursesPrivate detectives and investigators
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for audiologists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as audiologists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of audiologists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for audiologists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
5.3%
Elementary and middle school teachers
164,300
$0$200K$51K
4.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
3.2%
Special Education Teachers
38,600
$0$200K$49K
1.3%
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
4.2%
Health Technologists and Technicians
12,400
$0$200K$41K
6.7%
Audiologists
1,000
$0$200K$73K
68.6%
No occupation
6.3%
Read about audiologists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Audiologists typically do the following:

  • Examine patients who have hearing, balance, or related ear problems
  • Assess the results of the examination and diagnose problems
  • Determine and administer treatment to meet patients’ goals
  • Provide treatment for tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing in the ear
  • Fit and dispense hearing aids
  • Counsel patients and their families on ways to listen and communicate, such as lip reading or through technology
  • Evaluate patients regularly to check on hearing and balance and to continue or change treatment plans
  • Record patient progress
  • Research the causes and treatment of hearing and balance disorders
  • Educate patients on ways to prevent hearing loss

Audiologists use audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patients’ hearing ability and balance. They work to determine the extent of hearing damage and identify the underlying cause. Audiologists measure the loudness at which a person begins to hear sounds and the person’s ability to distinguish between sounds and understand speech.

Before determining treatment options, audiologists evaluate psychological information to measure the impact of hearing loss on a patient. Treatment may include cleaning wax out of ear canals, fitting and checking hearing aids, or working with physicians to fit the patient with cochlear implants to improve hearing. Cochlear implants are tiny devices that are placed under the skin near the ear and deliver electrical impulses directly to the auditory nerve in the brain. This allows a person with certain types of deafness to be able to hear.

Audiologists also counsel patients on other ways to cope with profound hearing loss, such as lip reading or using technology.

Audiologists can help a patient suffering from vertigo or other balance problems. They work with patients and provide them with exercises involving head movement or positioning that might relieve some of their symptoms.

Some audiologists specialize in working with the elderly or with children. Others educate the public on hearing loss prevention. Audiologists may design products to help protect the hearing of workers on the job. Audiologists who are self-employed hire employees, keep records, order equipment and supplies, and complete other tasks related to running a business.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of audiologists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Audiologists need to communicate test results, diagnoses, and proposed treatments, so patients clearly understand the situation and options. They also may need to work on teams with other healthcare providers and education specialists regarding patient care.
Compassion
Audiologists work with patients who may be frustrated or emotional because of their hearing or balance problems. They should be empathetic and supportive of patients and their families.
Critical-thinking skills
Audiologists must concentrate when testing a patient’s hearing and be able to analyze each patient’s situation, in order to offer the best treatment. They must also be able to provide alternative plans when patients do not respond to initial treatment.
Patience
Audiologists must work with patients who may need a lot of time and special attention.
Problem-solving skills
Audiologists must figure out the causes of problems with hearing and balance and determine the appropriate treatment or treatments to address them.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for audiologists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for audiologists was higher than 82% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for audiologists are anticipated to grow by 21% over the next decade; only 5% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for audiologists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most audiologists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as audiologists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Audiologists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where audiologists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for audiologists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for audiologists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Audiologists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which audiologists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Audiologists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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